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Iran

(1,143 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
(Middle Persian ērān, genitive plural of ēr, in Ērān-šahr, ‘land of the  Aryans/Iranians’ < Middle Persian ēr, Sassanid inscriptions and Paḫlavī literature of the 9th cent. AD < Old Iranian * arya-, Old Persian ariya-, Avestan airya-). [German version] I. History of the term Although ariya- in itself carries ethnical meaning (the Achaemenids referred to themselves as ariya- ‘Aryan’ or respectively ariyaciça-, respectively ‘of Aryan descent’), the term I. (or respectively Ērān-šahr) as an ethical, religious, and political concept is an early Sassanid creation. Under…

Iuvenes (Iuventus)

(178 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] The term iuvenes, although also related to adults or non-junior teams, usually refers to the Roman or Italian youth of military training or serving age. The organizations of the iuventutes existing in the late Republican period in Italy that were originally military and later rather paramilitary or pre-military were revitalized by Augustus in the context of his reorganization of the aristocratic youth; later they had the character of an association. There is evidence of such   collegia in Italy ( collegia iuvenum) and in the western provinces ( collegia iuventutis) pa…

Syennesis

(182 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (Συέννεσις/ Syénnesis). Term for indigenous Cilician dynasts with their centre at Tarsus (Xen. An. 1,2,23). According to Hdt. 1,74, one S. is supposed to have mediated the accord between the Lydians and the Medes; in the war between Croesus and Cyrus [2], Cilicia was on the Persian side (Hdt. 1,28). Another S. took part in Xerxes's campaign against Hellas (Hdt. 7,98; Aesch. Pers. 326-328). It is generally assumed that the duplicity of the third known S., the husband of Epyaxa, duri…

Tissaphernes

(398 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (Τισσαφέρνης/ Tissaphérnēs). Son of Hydarnes [4], grandson of Hydarnes [1]. After the removal of the rebellious satrap Pissuthnes T. became a satrap in 413 BC in Sardis and a káranos (Thuc. 8,5,4: stratēgòs tôn kátō, 'army leader of the lands on the coast') in the west of Asia Minor. As such he concluded a subsidy treaty with Sparta against Athens in 412 BC; in return Sparta entrusted the Greeks of western Asia Minor to the Great King (Thuc. 1,115,4; 8,5,4 f.; 8,17 f.; 8,43; 8,52 and 8,58; renewal of the treaty in…

Sima Qian

(214 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] ( Sīmǎ Qiān). C. 145 - c. 85 BC, author of the first Chinese dynastic history, the Shǐjì, which contains, primarily in chapter 123, important information on central Asia and Iran (e.g. on the decline of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom and characteristics of the Parthian Empire). S. was born in Longmen (modern province of Shanxi, near Chang'an, the capital of the time). After early travels through the whole Empire he later held office at the court of the Han emperor Wu (140-87 BC) as court astrologer a…

Persis

(477 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (Περσίς/ Persís, Str. 15,3,1, etc.; Old Persian Pārsa). Region in Southwest Iran, which (as Anshan) belonged to the kingdom of Elam and was later the home of the dynasty of the Achaemenids [2] and Sāssānids (see below). Greek and Roman authors as well as Arab geographers divided P. into different geographical and climatic zones: the hot and infertile coastal region (with ports), the rugged, cold and inhospitable mountain region and the highly fertile region of well-watered valleys (Curt. 5,4,5-9; Str. 15,3,1; Arr. I…

Elymaei

(144 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
(Ἐλυμαῖοι; Elymaîoi). [German version] [1] Inhabitants of the Elymais Inhabitants of the  Elymais, described by ancient authors mainly as mountain dwellers or rather, in a military context, as mounted archers (cf. i.a. App. Syr. 32; Str. 16,1,17; Liv. 37,40,9). Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) [German version] [2] Inhabitants of the Elburz region According to Pol. 5,44,9 neighbours to the inhabitants of  Media Atropatene in the Elburz region along the south-western corner of the Caspian Sea. Plut. Pompeius 36 reports of a ‘king of the Elymaei and Medes…

Zadracarta

(61 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Achaemenids | Alexander | Hellenistic states | Hellenistic states (τὰ Ζαδρακάρτα/ tà Zadrakárta; Arr. Anab. 3,23,6; 25,1). Largest city and fortified Achaemenid residence in Hyrcania, whose precise location is not certain (Sārī?, Qale Ḫandān?). Alexander [4] the Great passed through Z. while pursuing Bessus in 331 BC. Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)

Myci

(121 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (Μύκοι; Mýkoi). Ethnic group in the Persian empire (Hdt. 3,93; 7,68; Hecat. FGrH 1 F 289) who, together with the Sagartii, Sarangae, Thamanaei, Utii and the island inhabitants of the Persian Gulf, were classed as belonging to the 14th nomos by Herodotus. It is probably correct to assume that they were  the inhabitants of the regions on both sides of the strait of Hormūz, corresponding to the Maciyā, i.e. the inhabitants of Maka, known from Achaemenid inscriptions and reliefs as well as the fortification and treasury ta…

Aryans

(327 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] The peoples of ancient India and ancient Iran, who spoke Aryan languages referred to themselves as A. (cf. Old Indo-Aryan árya-, Iranian arya-; etymology disputed). In the 19th cent. the until then purely linguistic terms A./Aryan were for a time used synonymously with Indo-Europeans/Indo-Germanic and in this way came to be used in anthropology and ethnology, which in the Nazi era perverted them with an anti-Semitic bias into the positive counterpart of Jews/Jewish. Linguistic and religious-historical reasons support the belief that the A. were an ori…

Elymais

(381 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (Ἐλυμαίς; Elymaís). Greek name of a region in south-west Iran ( Ḫūzestān) within the territory of the ancient empire of  Elam. Originally probably mainly used for the mountainous Baḫtı̄ārı̄ region (in contrast with the Susiana plains), the term increasingly also included the expanding territory of the Hellenistic-Parthian ‘kingdom’ of E. [1. 39-45; 2. 3-8]. E./Susiana was one of the political and economic core regions of the Achaemenid and Seleucid empires; however, for the actual E., it is to be expected that some special forms of…

Pahlawa

(162 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] Indian name of the kings of the so-called Indo-Parthian dynasty, which is primarily known because of its coins. Gondophares, who ended the rule of the Shaka in Arachosia (Arachosia) and ultimately probably also in Gandhara (Gandaritis), is regarded as the founder of the dynasty. The inscriptions from Taḫt-i Bahī from the 26th year of this king established his rule quite precisely as from AD 20 to 46. In keeping with this, the apostle Thomas is said to have met Gondophares on his j…

Rhagae

(241 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] (ἡ Ῥάγα/ hē Rhága: Str. 11,13,6; ἡ Ῥάγη/ hē Rhágē: Tobit 6,10; Ῥάγοι/ Rhágoi: Tobit 1,14 et alibi; (αἱ) Ῥάγαι/ (hai) Rhágai: Str. 11,9,1; Arr. Anab. 3,20,2 etc.). City (and district with a large population) of eastern Media, today an expanse of ruins south of Tehran. In the district of (Old Persian) Ragā (Elamic Rakka, Babylonian Raga), Darius [1] I captured the Median rebel Fravarti (Phraortes [3]) in 521 ([3. DB II 70 ff.]). In the summer of 330, Alexander [4] the Great rested his troops in R. for five days while in pursuit of Dariu…

Megapanos

(78 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[English version] (Μεγάπανος). Nach Hdt. 7,62 Befehlshaber der Hyrkanier auf dem Griechenlandzug des Xerxes, später angeblich Statthalter von Babylon, vielleicht mit dem Bakabana der PFT [1. 672] identisch. Ein Ba-ga-a-pa- erscheint zwar in babylon. Texten als Satrap von Babylonien und Ebir Nāri oder Gouverneur von Babylon, allerdings bereits für das Jahr 503 v.Chr. Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) Bibliography 1 R.T. Hallock, Persepolis Fortification Tablets [PFT], 1969 2 A. Kuhrt, Babylonia from Cyrus to Xerxes, in: CAH2, Bd. 4, 1988, 131, 136.

Iran

(1,028 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
(mittelpers. ērān, Gen. Pl. von ēr, in Ērān-šahr, “Land der Arier/Iranier” < mittelpers. ēr, sāsānidische Inschr. und Paḫlavī-Lit. des 9. Jh. n.Chr. < alt-iran. * arya-, altpers. ariya-, avest. airya-). [English version] I. Begriffsgeschichte Obgleich bereits ariya- ethnischen Wert besitzt (Selbstbezeichnung der Achaimeniden als ariya- bzw. ariyaciça-, “arisch” bzw. “von arischer Abstammung”), ist I. (bzw. Ērān-šahr) als zugleich ethnischer, rel. und polit. Begriff eine frühsāsānidische Schöpfung. Schon unter Sapor I. (240-272 n.Chr.) tritt zu Ērān das Gegenstück Anērā…

Oroites

(75 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[English version] (Ὀροίτης). Persischer Statthalter in Sardeis, der (nach Hdt. 3,120ff.) Polykrates von Samos nach Magnesia locken und kreuzigen ließ. Als O. nach dem Tode des Kambyses [2] dem Dareios [1] I. seine Hilfe versagte, ließ ihn dieser (nach Herodot durch einen Befehl des königlichen Gesandten Bagaios an die Leibwache des O.) aus dem Weg räumen. Aus der Umgebung des O. gelangte der Arzt Demokedes an den pers. Hof. Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) Bibliography Briant, s.v. O.

Kallonitis

(69 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[English version] (Καλλωνῖτις, andere Namensform Χαλωνῖτις/ Chalōnítis). Von Pol. 5,54,7 erwähntes und zu Medien gerechnetes Gebiet unmittelbar westl. der großen Zagros-Pässe entlang der oberen Diyālā, in dem Antiochos [5] III. den Leichnam des Aufrührers Molon pfählen ließ; Nachbarregion der Apolloniatis. Strab. 16,1,1 rechnet die K. noch zu Ἀτουρία, d.h. zum Zweistromland. Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) Bibliography H.H. Schmitt, Unt. zur Gesch. Antiochos d.Gr. und seiner Zeit, 1964, Index s.v. Chalonitis.

Oxathres

(171 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
(Ὀξάθρης). [English version] [1] Jüngster Sohn Dareios' [2] II. und der Parysatis Jüngster Sohn Dareios' [2] II. und der Parysatis (Plut. Artoxerxes 1,5). Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) [English version] [2] Sohn des Abulites, Befehlshaber bei Gaugamela Sohn des Abulites, Befehlshaber der Truppen seines Vaters bei Gaugamela; er unterwarf sich Alexandros [4] d.Gr., wurde aber als Verwalter der Paraitakene u.a. wegen unterlassener Hilfeleistung für das durch die gedrosische Wüste ziehende Heer 324 in Susa hingerichtet (Arr. an. 3,8,5; …

Orxines

(77 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[English version] (Ὀρξίνης, Curtius: Orsines). Reicher Perser, Nachfahre Kyros [2] II., kämpfte bei Gaugamela, machte sich 326 v.Chr. in Abwesenheit Alexandros' [4] d.Gr. zum Satrapen der Persis. Er wurde bei seinem Versuch einer nachträglichen Bestätigung in seinem Amt unter dem Vorwurf, zahlreiche Menschen getötet, Tempel geschändet und die königlichen Gräber beraubt zu haben, durch Alexandros hingerichtet (Arr. an. 3,8,5; 6,29,2; 30,1f.; Curt. 4,12,8; 10,1,24.37). Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) Bibliography J. Wiesehöfer, Die “dunklen Jahrhunderte” der Persis, 199…

Kyaxares

(395 words)

Author(s): Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
(Κυαξάρης, altpers. Uvaxštra-, Etym. unsicher). [English version] [1] Medischer König des 7./6. Jh. v. Chr. Medischer “König” des 7./6. Jh.v.Chr. Im sog. medischen lógos Herodots (Hdt. 1,73f.; 103-107) erscheint K. als τύραννος/ týrannos bzw. βασιλεύς/ basileús der Meder, als Sohn des Phraortes, Enkel des Deiokes und Vater des Astyages. Während seiner 40jährigen Herrschaft soll er - nach einem skythischen Interregnum - die Assyrer unterworfen haben und gegen Alyattes von Lydien (wohl um den Besitz von Kappadokien) zu Felde gezog…
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