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Ariamazes

(79 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Lord of a mountain fortification in  Sogdiana, where many Sogdians fled from  Alexander [4] the Great in 327 BC. It appeared so impenetrable that A. supposedly said that only soldiers with wings could conquer it, but a small unit of skilled climbers managed to scale the peak above the fortress. Thereupon, A. surrendered unconditionally and was executed. Among the refugees who fell into Alexander's hands was  Roxane. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve 2, No. 113.

Alcetas

(228 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Ἀλκέτας; Alkétas). [German version] [1] King of Macedonia King of Macedonia, father of  Amyntas I [1]. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) [German version] [2] I, king of the  Molossi (beginning 4th cent. BC) A. I, king of the  Molossi, had to flee to  Dionysius, who tried to lead him back. Once again king, apparently with expanded rulership, he was accepted in 375 BC by  Timotheus into the Athenian League, but subdued in 374 by Iason of Pherae. His coins depict Athena Promachos (P. R. Franke, Die antiken Münzen von Epirus, 1961). Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) [German version] [3] II, king of…

Polyperchon

(582 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Πολυπέρχων/ Polypérchōn). [German version] [1] Commander under Alexander the Great P. (not Polysperchon, cf. OGIS 1, p. 12 n. 14), son of Simmias (Arr. Anab. 2,12,2) from Tymphaea (Tzetz. Schol. Lycoph. 802), leader of the Tymphaean táxis of the pez(h)étairoi under Alexander [4] the Great from 333 BC; able, but never outstanding. According to Curt. 8,5,22-24, his derision (but in Arr. Anab. 4,12,12 that of Leonnatus) thwarted the introduction of the proskýnēsis . According to Curt. 8,11,1, he took Ora in the Swat Valley (in Arr. Anab. 4,27,9 i…

Barsine

(79 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Βαρσίνη; Barsínē). Artabazus' daughter, first married to Mentor of Rhodes, then to his brother Memmon. After the battle of Issus, B. was captured in Damascus. She became Alexander the Great's lover and gave birth to his son  Heracles (probably in 327 BC). She and her son returned to Asia Minor, probably soon after Alexander's marriage to Roxane. In 309 she was murdered in Pergamum following  Polyperchon's order. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve 2, no. 206.

Aboulites

(62 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Satrap of  Susa under  Darius, father of  Oxathres. In 331 BC he handed the city over to  Alexander [4] with 50,000 silver  talents and was confirmed as satrap. The subdued  Uxii were subordinated to him. During the cleansing after Alexander's losses in  Gedrosia (324), A. and his son were executed. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve 2, no. 5.

Ada

(124 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Younger daughter of  Hecatomnus, ruled  Caria with her brother and husband  Idrieus, after his death (344/3 BC) alone under Persian suzerainty. Deposed by her brother  Pixodarus, withdrew to the fortress Alinda, where she remained unmolested. When  Alexander [4] reached Caria (324), she handed Alinda over to him and adopted him, which secured for him the sympathies of the Carian cities and put him in view of succession. She was recognized as the Queen of Caria and she commanded Ca…

Cassander

(933 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Κάσσανδρος; Kássandros). Son of  Antipater [1], born before 353 BC (Ath. 1,18a), sent by his father in 324 in his place to  Alexander [4] in Babylon but was mistreated by the king, which caused lifelong hatred (Plut. Alexander 74). The slander spread by the circle around  Olympias that C. and his brother  Iolaus [3] poisoned Alexander is repeated in several sources and also in the  Alexander Romance (however, see Arr. Anab. 7,27; Plut. Alexander 74). After Alexander's death (323) …

Basilikoi paides

(197 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (βασιλικοὶ παῖδες; basilikoì paîdes). Lat. pueri regii, pages of the Macedonian king: boys recruited from aristocracy as hostages and as a ‘nursery for army leaders and officers’ (Curt. 8,6,6).  Alexander [4] kept more than 50 of them. They accompanied and guarded the king, rendered personal services, and were kept under strict discipline (Curt. 8,6,2-6), hence the Greeks often referred to them as slaves. It is not certain whether the older ones fought at the king's side.  Philippus II …

Abisares

(184 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Indian prince named after his tribe (the Abhisari), who was allied with  Poros. His territory reached from the southern chain of the Karakorum to Kashmir in the east and Hazera (near Rawalpindi) in the west. He supported the resistance to  Alexander [4] in Swat (Arr. Anab. 4,27,7; 30,7), but then sent him presents at Taxila (loc. cit. 5,8,3; in Curt. 8,13,1 false: homage). He was absent from the battle of the Hydaspes ( Hydaspes) even though it was expected that he would support P…

Sibyrtius

(148 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Σιβύρτιος; Sibýrtios). Friend of Peucestas [2]. He was installed as satrap of Carmania by Alexander [4] in 325 BC, but was soon redeployed to Gedrosia with Arachosia and Oreitae (Arr. Anab. 6,27,1) and was confirmed in office by Perdiccas [4] and Antipater [1]; after 323, however, only Arachosia is mentioned (Diod. 18,3,3; Arr. FGrH 156 F 9,36). He allied himself to Eumenes [1] (Diod. 19,14,6), but had to flee when the latter accused him of high treason (Diod. 19,23,4; 19,27,4). A…

Phila

(220 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Φίλα; Phíla). [German version] [1] One of the wives of Philip [4] II. According to Satyrus in Ath. 13,557c, one of the wives of Philippus [4] II, sister of Derdas [3] and Machatas [1]. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) [German version] [2] Wife of Alexander [7] Oldest daughter of Antipater [1] and probably the wife of Alexander [7], born therefore around 355 BC. She later married Balacrus [1] and, in 322 BC, Craterus [1] by whom she had a son Craterus [2]. In 321/320 BC her father married her to Demetrius [2], the father of her children Antig…

Pharnuches

(127 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Φαρνούχης; Pharnoúchēs), a Lycian interpreter (though, as his name shows, from a Persian colonist family), was assigned in 329 BC by Alexander [4]  the Great to a task force under the leadership of three hetaíroi that was to relieve the fortress of Marakanda from siege by Spitamenes. By means of the incompetence of the officers the troops were almost completely annihilated. It is impossible that a P. had three hetaíroi under his command (as Arr. Anab. 4,3,7 reports on the authority of Ptolemaeus and Aristobulus [7]): it is certain that he was, as …

Leonnatus

(276 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Λεόννατος; Leónnatos). L., who was born around 356 BC to the royal house of Lyncestis ( Lyncus), may have been the son of a certain Anteas. In 336 he took part in the prosecution of the murderer of Philippus II. As one of his hetairoi, L. was sent by Alexander [4] the Great with a message of solace to the family of Darius [3] (Arr. Anab. 2,12,5; also Curt.; Diod. Sic.). Appointed to the somatophylakes (‘bodyguards’) (Arr. Anab. 3,5,5), L. took part in the coup against Philotas (Curt. 6,8,17) and attempted to prevent the killing of Cleitus [6]. L. confounded the plan to introduce pr…

Batis

(48 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Βάτις). Angeblich Eunuch, war unter Dareios Kommandant von Gaza, wo er Alexander den Gr. 332 v.Chr. zwei Monate lang durch mutigen und hoffnungslosen Widerstand aufhielt. Nach dem Fall der Stadt wurde er vom Sieger grausam hingerichtet. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve 2, Nr. 209.

Glykera

(108 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Γλυκέρα). [English version] [1] Berühmte athenische Hetäre im späten 4. Jh. v. Chr. Berühmte athenische Hetäre (Hetairai) im späten 4. Jh. v.Chr., nach dem Tod der Pythionike von Harpalos nach Tarsos berufen. Harpalos ordnete für sie königliche Ehren an, was bei Griechen Spott und Unwillen erregte. Durch ihre Vermittlung unterstützte er Athen mit Getreide und erwarb dort das Bürgerrecht. Sie scheint ihn bei seiner Flucht begleitet zu haben und verbrachte den Rest ihres Lebens in Athen, wo sie u.a. die Gelie…

Bagoas

(172 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Βαγώας), griech. Name für persische Eunuchen (Plin. nat. 13,41). [English version] [1] Befehlshaber des Artaxerxes Ochos bis 338 v. Chr. ‘Ein äußerst dreister und frevelhafter Mann’ (Diod. 16,47,4); nahm unter Artaxerxes Ochos an der Wiedereroberung Ägyptens teil, wurde Oberbefehlshaber der Oberen Satrapien, dann Chiliarchos (“Herr des Reiches” Diod. 16,50,8). 338 v.Chr. vergiftete er den König und 336 dessen Sohn und Nachfolger Arses und setzte einen Höfling, der den Namen Dareios annahm, auf den Thron. Als er au…

Erigyios

(98 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Ἐρίγυιος). Aus Mytilene, mit seinem Bruder Laomedon in Amphipolis ansässig, älter als Alexandros [4] und mit anderen von dessen Jugendfreunden 337/6 v.Chr. verbannt. Als einziger dieser Gruppe schnell mit dem Befehl über Truppen betraut, führte er die griech. Kavallerie bei Issos und Gaugamela und erscheint später als vertrauter Ratgeber des Königs. Er übernahm auch mil. Sonderaufträge, so z.B. gegen Satibarzanes, den er im Zweikampf tötete (Arr. an. 3,28,3; Curt. 7,4,32-38). Er starb im Winter 328/7 und wurde mit den höchsten Ehren begraben (Curt. 8,2,40). Bad…

Barsaentes

(66 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Βαρσαέντης). Unter Dareios Satrap von Arachosia und Drangiana; kommandierte bei der Schlacht von Gaugamela die Arachoten und ihnen benachbarte Inder. Mit Bessos und Nabarzanes ermordete er Mitte 330 v.Chr. Dareios, floh dann in seine Satrapie und von dort zu den Indern. Als Alexandros [4] den Indus erreichte, wurde er an ihn ausgeliefert und hingerichtet. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve 2, Nr. 205.

Prepelaos

(121 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Πρεπέλαος). Feldherr im Dienst des Kassandros. 315 v. Chr. brachte er Alexandros [8] auf dessen Seite. Mit Asandros [2] wurde er 303 nach Asien geschickt, wo Polemaios eine Truppe von 8000 Mann aus ihrer Armee vernichtete. 311 wirkte er bei den Friedensverhandlungen mit (OGIS 5, Z. 10 und Z. 28). 303 verlor er Korinthos an Demetrios [2]. 302 schickte ihn Kassandros zur Verstärkung von Lysimachos [2] nach Asien, wo er schnell mehrere Städte eroberte (vgl. Syll.3 353, Ephesos), aber die meisten ebenso schnell an Demetrios verlor. Vielleicht ist er der ca…

Basilikoi paides

(178 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (βασιλικοὶ παῖδες). Lat. pueri regii, Pagen des maked. Königs: Knaben, die er sowohl als Geiseln wie auch als “Pflanzschule für Heerführer und Offiziere” (Curt. 8,6,6) aus der Aristokratie rekrutierte. Unter Alexandros [4] waren es über 50; sie begleiteten und bewachten den König, leisteten ihm persönliche Dienste und standen unter strenger Hauszucht (Curt. 8,6,2-6), weshalb Griechen sie oft als Sklaven bezeichneten. Ob die älteren an der Seite des Königs kämpften, ist nicht sicher. …
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