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Nora

(339 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Meloni, Piero (Cagliari) | Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[English version] [1] Stadt auf dem Capo di Pula an der Südküste von Sardinia Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Kolonisation | Phönizier, Punier | Sardinia et Corsica | Theater (Νώρα). Stadt auf dem Capo di Pula an der Südküste von Sardinia, ca. 20 km südl. von Cagliari. N. gilt als älteste Stadt der Insel (Paus. 10,17,5; Solin. 4,1; zur Lage vgl. Itin. Anton. 85,2f.; Tab. Peut. 4,1). Nach einer präkolonialen Phase (vgl. die phöniz. Inschr. CIS I 144 um 800 v.Chr.; [1. 1]) wurde N. von Phöniziern Mitte des 7. J…

Bitia

(78 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Von Ptol. 3,3,3 unter dem Namen Biqia erwähnte, im 7.Jh. v.Chr. gegründete phöniz. Niederlassung an der Südküste Sardiniens mit Akropolis und Hafen. Neben der am Meer gelegenen Nekropole mit Brandgräbern des 7./6.Jh. und Körpergräbern des 6.-2.Jh. v.Chr. Reste eines Heiligtums mit Tempel, vielleicht des Ešmun. Aus einem Votivdepot stammen viele Terrakotten eines von Ibiza und Karthago bekannten Typs. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 73f.  M.L. Uberti, Le figurine fittili di Bithia, 1973.

Karthago

(4,653 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) RWG | Kopka, Alexandra (Freiburg i. Br.) RWG
Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) RWG [English version] I. Ausgrabungen (RWG) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) RWG [English version] A. Von den Anfängen bis zur Niederlassung der “Weissen Väter”1875 (RWG) Legenden von unermeßlichen Reichtümern der punischen Metropole haben zu allen Zeiten Schatzsucher fasziniert, angefangen von den Soldaten des Scipio, die im Jahre 146 v. Chr. die niedergebrannte Stadt geplündert, und den Legionären des Pompejus, die zwei Generationen später nach dem Sieg über den numidischen König Hiarbas bei …

Mogador

(118 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Größte Insel (40 ha) eines der Atlantikküste Süd-Marokkos vorgelagerten kleinen Archipels gegenüber der Hafenstadt Essaouira (urspr. auch eine Insel), die verm. identisch ist mit den insulae purpurariae (Plin. nat. 6,201; 203), auf denen Iuba [2] II. Färbereien einrichtete. Phönizier gründeten hier ausweislich der gefundenen Keramik (z.T. mit phöniz. Graffiti!) im 7. Jh. eine Faktorei, die bis zum Ende des 6. Jh.v.Chr. bestand. Afrika (mit Karte) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, s.v. M., DCPP, 296  M.G. Amadasi Guzzo, Notes sur…

Klassische Archäologie

(17,234 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) RWG | Willers, Dietrich (Bern) RWG | Schweizer, Beat (Tübingen) RWG
Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) RWG I. Allgemein (RWG) [English version] A. Begriff (RWG) Zu den bes. Eigenheiten der Disziplin gehört das Fehlen eines allg. akzeptierten Begriffs der Kl.A., die an gut einem Drittel der deutschsprachigen Univ. in selbstverständlicher Vereinfachung - oder im Sinne einer Erweiterung des Themenspektrums unter Verzicht auf die Komponente des “klass.” Anspruchs - schlicht Arch. genannt wird. Die bedeutendste Forschungsanstalt des Faches, das Deutsche Archäologische Institut [20; 55; 89], wurde 1829 in Rom als Istituto di corrispondenza archeol…

Motya

(232 words)

Author(s): Falco, Giulia (Athen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Kolonisation | Phönizier, Punier (Μοτύα, Μοτύη). Phoinikisch-karthagische Siedlung auf einer Insel (ca. 45 ha) in der Lagune 8 km nördl. von Marsala, h. Mozia auf San Pantaleo. M. war mit Solus und Panormos die letzte von den Phoinikern bei ihrem Zurückweichen vor den Griechen in West-Sizilien behauptete Festung (Thuk. 6,2,6; eigene griech. und phoinikisch beschriftete Mz. im 5. und 4. Jh.v.Chr.: HN 157f.) und wurde 397 v.Chr. von Dionysios […

Nekropolen

(6,163 words)

Author(s): Tsochos, Charalampos (Erfurt) | Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Genz, Hermann (Istanbul) | Hiesel, Gerhard (Freiburg) | Et al.
[English version] I. Einleitung Das griech. Wort νεκρόπολις/ nekrópolis, “Totenstadt”, ist ant. nur bei Strabon (17,1,10,14) als Name eines Vorortes von Alexandreia [1] (Nekropolis) belegt. Die mod. Forsch. überträgt den Begriff N. auf Friedhöfe verschiedener Kulturen und Zeitstellungen. Allgemeinverbindliche Definitionen zu Ausgestaltung und Größe bestehen somit nicht. Als N. sollen hier nur Anlagen verstanden werden, die über eine gewisse Größe verfügen und in der Regel außerhalb der eigentlichen Sied…

Baitylia

(298 words)

Author(s): Auffarth, Christoph (Tübingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(βαιτύλια; βαίτυλοι). [English version] I. Religionswissenschaftlich Große, aufrechte Steine, die in Heiligtümern in den Kult einbezogen werden, finden sich im gesamten Mittelmeerraum [1]. Vor allem die Phoiniker trugen zu ihrer Verbreitung bei. Berühmt waren die B. in Tyros und in Emesa [2]. In Israel stehen Polemik und die Einbeziehung in Kult (Maṣṣebah) und Gottesprädikation nebeneinander (Gott als Fels: Ps 28,1 [3]). Ekstatische Theophanie (?) stellt die min. Ikonographie dar [4]. In Griechenland …

Byrsa

(83 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Üblicher Name (lat., griech. bursa, “Rindshaut”) für die Akropolis von Karthago, angeblich in Erinnerung an Didos legendären Landkauf (‘soviel eine Rindhaut decken kann) für die Gründung der Stadt, oder ältester ON (Serv. Aen. 1,70: Carthago ante B., post Tyros dicta est), unter Mißverständnis eines phöniz. Toponyms bir-ša (“Schafsbrunnen”). Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, B., in: Actes du IVe colloque international sur l'histoire et archéologie de l'Afrique du Nord. Strassbourg 1988, 1990, 123-130.  Ders., in: DCPP, s.v. B., 83f.

Phönizier, Punier

(7,502 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Röllig, Wolfgang (Tübingen) | Eder, Walter (Bochum) | Müller, Hans-Peter (Münster)
[English version] I. Namen und Begriff, Quellen Name und Begriff der Phoínikes (Φοίνικες)/Phönizier (=Ph.) sind in der griech. Welt geprägt worden [1]. Die damit Bezeichneten verstanden sich selbst in erster Linie als Bürger/Angehörige eines städtischen Verbandes, z.B. als Tyrier, Sidonier oder - nach der gemeinsamen Kulturlandschaft - als Kanaanäer [2]. Sie bezogen sich damit auf eine aus der altvorderasiatischen Brz. tradierte polit. oder ethnische Identität. Die unterschiedlichen Bezeichnungen können nu…

Hiram I.

(187 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] König von Tyros (ca. 962-929 v.Chr.), der Name abgekürzt von phönik. Aḥīram (“mein Bruder ist erhaben”), bekannt v.a. durch die gemeinsam mit König Salomon von Jerusalem als “joint ventures” ausgesandten Handelsexpeditionen nach Ophir (Indien? Ostafrika? 1 Kg 9,26-28) und Taršiš (im Westen der Iberischen Halbinsel, Tartessos; 1 Kg 10,22, vgl. Ez 27,12) [1. 251]. Nach glaubwürdigen, u.a. bei Iosephos (c. Ap. 1,109-121) erh. Nachrichten war er in Tyros als Städtebauer tätig und errichtete u.a…

Sabratha

(467 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Afrika | Afrika | Coloniae | Kolonisation | Limes | Phönizier, Punier | Punische Kriege | Straßen (neupun. Ṣbrt[]n). [English version] I. Geschichte Eine der drei phöniz. Städte der afrikanischen Tripolis, 65 km westl. von Tripoli/Libyen (Ps.-Skyl. 110 und Strab. 17,3,18: Ἀβρότονον (?); Steph. Byz. s. v. Ἀβρότονον (?); Plin. nat. 5,25; 35: Sabrata; 27: Habrotonum; Sil. 3,256: S.; Ptol. 4,3,12: Σάβραθα; Stadiasmus maris magni 99 f.: Σαράθρα bzw. Ἀλάθρα; Itin. Anton. 61,3: Sabrata colonia; Solin. 27,8 und Tab. Peut. 7,2: Sabrata). Di…

Morro de Mezquitilla

(113 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Auf einer Anhöhe über der Mündung des Río Algarrobo 6 km östl. von Vélez-Málaga (Südspanien) gelegene phöniz. Niederlassung, im frühen 8. Jh.v.Chr. an der Stelle einer kupferzeitl. Siedlung gegründet. Die zugehörigen Nekropolen lagen wohl z.T. auf der anderen (westl.) Seite des Flusses, wo ein architekturgeschichtlich bedeutendes Kammergrab des 7. Jh.v.Chr. erh. ist und weitere nachgewiesen sind (Trayamar). Nekropolen Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography H.G. Niemeyer, H. Schubart, Trayamar. Die phöniz. Kammergräber und die Niederlass…

Pavimentum

(761 words)

Author(s): Panayides, Aliki Maria (Bern) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] I. Allgemeines Obwohl nur ein kleiner Teil der Pavimenta (Bodenbeläge) in antiken Gebäuden dekoriert ist, widmet die Forsch. insbesondere dem mit Mosaiken dekorierten P. sehr viel Aufmerksamkeit (während die übrigen Bodenbeläge in der Regel nur in Zusammenhang mit der Identifikation ihrer antiken Begriffe Eingang in die Forsch.-Lit. finden). In Pompeii sind lediglich 2,5% der Böden mit Mosaiken geschmückt, weitere 7% machen die dekorierten Zementböden aus, der Rest der Gebäude ist …

Malaca

(452 words)

Author(s): Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Handel | Hispania, Iberia | Kolonisation | Phönizier, Punier | Punische Kriege | Pyrenäenhalbinsel | Theater | Straßen (Μαλάκη). Stadt an der span. Ostküste, h. Málaga (Name wohl semit., nicht von hebr. malkah, “Königin”, sondern von phöniz. mlkt, “Stätte der Arbeit” [1. 5742]; bei [2. 574; 4. 76] ist die Möglichkeit semantischen Bezugs zur Fischverarbeitung erwähnt); wohl erst im frühen 6. Jh.v.Chr. als Ersatz für die 200 J. ältere, wegen Verlandung aufgegebene phöniz. Niederla…

Elfenbeinschnitzerei

(786 words)

Author(s): Wartke, Ralf-B. (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Neudecker, Richard (Rom)
[English version] I. Vorderer Orient und Phönikien Elfenbein, d.h. Zähne von Wildschwein, Flußpferd und vor allem (afrikan. sowie asiat.) Elefant, war seit dem Neolithikum in der “Kleinkunst” als Werkstoff hochbeliebt. In der Br.- und frühen Eisenzeit entwickelten sich die bed. Werkstätten der syr.-phönik. Küstenstädte und daneben Ägyptens erkennbar eigene Stile. E.n fanden durch intensiven Handel weiteste Verbreitung und gehören fast regelmäßig zu den Tributen für die assyr. Könige. Das Repertoire umf…

Cap Bon

(138 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Die den Golf von Tunis nach Osten abschließende Halbinsel, weithin von fruchtbarem Gartenland bedeckt (Diod. 10,8,3-4; Pol. 1,29,7), war wohl bereits im 5.Jh. v.Chr. Teil der karthag. Chora und von Küstenfestungen (Aspis/Clupea, h. Kélibia, Ras ed-Drek [Hermaia? Strab. 17,3,16], Ras el-Fortass) geschützt. Die fast völlig ausgegrabene pun. Kleinstadt Kerkouane an der Ostküste ist beispielhaft für die Prosperität des C.B. unter karthag. Herrschaft. Hierfür waren auch die Steinbrüche bei El Haouaria im Norden von Bedeutung. Die Halbinsel, Schauplatz …

Ebusos

(150 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] (Ἔβουσος). Die größere Insel der beiden Pityussai (“Fichteninseln”) Ibiza und Formentera wurde nach den arch. Funden um die Mitte des 7. Jh.v.Chr. zunächst durch phönizische Kolonisten aus der Meerenge von Gibraltar unter dem Namen ybšm besiedelt. Die von Diod. 5,16,1-3 überlieferte Gründung durch Karthago meint offenbar einen etwa 100 J. späteren Expansionsakt der nordafrikanischen Metropole. Dank der herausragenden Lage wurde die Stadt E. ein bedeutender punischer Umschlagplatz mit Akropolis, Hafenquartieren (…

Kyrene

(974 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Afrika | Caesar | Christentum | Getreidehandel, Getreideimport | Handel | Kolonisation | Kreta | Limes | Roma | Roma | Theater | Wein | Straßen (Κυρήνη, lat. Cyrene). [English version] I. Geschichte Gründung der dor. Inselstadt Thera in der h. Cyrenaika, h. Schahhat. Belege: Hdt. 4,150-158; SEG IX 3 (mit echtem Kern); Strab. 17,3,21 [1. 9-67]. Übervölkerung und Hungersnot - nicht innenpolit. Kämpfe - zwangen die Einwohner von Thera zur Gründung dieser apoikía (anders Menekles von Barke, FGrH 270 F 6). D…

Leptis Magna

(717 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Afrika | Afrika | Caesar | Coloniae | Handel | Kolonisation | Limes | Phönizier, Punier | Punische Kriege | Punische Kriege | Roma | Roma | Theater | Wein | Straßen (Λέπτις μεγάλη, Léptis megálē, pun. Lpqj) ([1. 39-48]). [English version] A. Geschichte Phoinik. Gründung, h. Lebda/Libyen ([2. 36f., 74]; Sall. Iug. 78,1; 4; Sil. 3,256; Plin. nat. 5,76?). Vielfach gab man dem Ort das Beiwort Megálē/ Magna (“groß”), das ihn von Leptis Minor unterschied (Plin. nat. 5,27; Ptol. 4,3,13; Stadiasmus maris magni 93; Sol. 27,8; T…

Pavimentum

(813 words)

Author(s): Panayides, Aliki Maria (Berne) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] I. Introduction Although only a small part of the pavimenta (floor coverings) in ancient buildings was decorated, scholars have paid a great deal of attention to them, esp. to those decorated with mosaics (other floor coverings generally only appear in scholarly literature in relation to the identification of their ancient terminology). In Pompeii only 2.5% of floors were decorated with mosaics, a further 7% were decorated with cement floors and the rest of the buildings are floored with undecorated stone or cement pavimenta or even stamped earth. Pavimenta were alw…

Motya

(277 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Falco, Giulia (Athens)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni (Μοτύα, Μοτύη; Motýa, Motýē). Phoenician-Carthaginian settlement on an island ( c. 45 ha) in the lagoon 8 km to the north of Marsala, modern Mozia on San Pantaleo. With Solus and Panormus, M. was the last fortress held by the Phoenicians in their retreat from the Greeks in western Sicily (Thuc. 6,2,6; own coins inscribed in Greek and Phoenician in the 5th and 4th cents. BC: HN 157f.) and was conquered and destroyed by Dionys…

Mauretania

(1,895 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(Μαυρουσία/ Maurousía). [German version] I. Name In the second century BC, M. comprised approximately the area of Morocco and western Algeria and was probably called by its Greek name of Maurusia (cf. Coelius Antipater, HRR 1,175 fr. 55). The formation of names in M. (Ἑρπεδιτανοί/ Herpeditanoí), which follows the same pattern as those found in Iberia (e.g. Turdetani, Cassetani), and the existence of the Nektíbēres (Νεκτίβηρες) in M. speak for the fact that Libyans and Iberians are related. Huß, Werner (Bamberg) [German version] II. Geography In geological terms, M. is characteri…

Temple

(5,554 words)

Author(s): Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) | Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) | Et al.
[German version] I. Mesopotamia The Sumerian term é and the Akkadian term bītu, meaning 'temple' or 'house (of the deity)', were not restricted to 'dwellings' of deities of a particular size or importance. They applied to sanctuaries from small neighbourhood shrines in residential areas to large, freestanding, tall buildings, from one-room cult sites to temple complexes with extensive auxiliary buildings, and they could be used for temples where one or many deities were worshipped. Prehistoric structures are often classified as temples only because apparently they nei…

Sabratha

(497 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
This item can be found on the following maps: Africa | | Coloniae | Africa | Colonization | Limes | Phoenicians, Poeni | Punic Wars (Neo-Punic Ṣbrt[]n). [German version] I. History One of the three Phoenician cities of African Tripolis, 65 km west of Tripoli, Libya (Ps.-Scyl. 110 and Str. 17,3,18: Ἀβρότονον/ Abrótonon (?); Steph. Byz. s. v. Ἀβρότονον (?); Plin. HN 5,25; 35: Sabrata; 27: Habrotonum; Sil. Pun. 3,256: S.; Ptol. 4,3,12: Σάβραθα/ Sábratha; Stadiasmus maris magni 99 f.: Σαράθρα/ Saráthra or Ἀλάθρα/ Aláthra; It. Ant. 61,3: Sabrata colonia; Solin. 27,8 and Tab. Peut. 7,2: Sabrat…

Pins

(3,978 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) | Giesen, Katharina (Tübingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Steimle, Christopher (Erfurt) | Et al.
[German version] I. General Pins and needles (βελόνη/ belónē, περόνη/ perónē, ῥαφίς/ rhaphís, Latin acus) were put to a variety of uses in the ancient household: they were used for hair, garments and sewing. They were also a utensil, for example, in the work of doctors (Surgical instruments), sailmakers etc. Tattoos were also done using special needles. The shape of the pin, long and thin with one sharp end, has not changed since prehistoric times. In sewing needles, the head is generally unadorned and flat; …

Cistern

(334 words)

Author(s): Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] I. General Cisterns as storage for rain water or as reservoirs for spring and well water were customary and necessary for a regulated and sufficient  water supply in the climatically unfavourable regions of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, both as small systems for individual houses and farms and as communal systems for settlements. Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) [German version] II. Ancient Orient s.  Water supply I. D. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) [German version] III. Phoenician-Punic region Systems for securing the water supply by collecting …

Malaca

(524 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | | Commerce | Hispania, Iberia | Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni | Punic Wars | Pyrenean peninsula (Μαλάκη; Malákē). City on the Spanish east coast, modern Málaga (name probably Semitic, not from Hebrew malkah, ‘queen but from Phoenician mlkt, ‘place of work [1. 5742]; in [2. 574; 4. 76] the possibility of a semantic reference to fish processing is mentioned); probably a settlement that was not established until the early 6th cent. BC as a substitute for the 200 years older Ph…

Leptis Magna

(813 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Caesar | Africa | Wine | | Coloniae | Africa | Commerce | Colonization | Limes | Phoenicians, Poeni | Punic Wars | Punic Wars | Rome | Rome (Λέπτις μεγάλη, Léptis megálē, Punic Lpqj) ([1. 39-48]). [German version] A. History Originally settled by Phoenicians, the modern Lebda in Libya ([2. 36f., 74]; Sall. Iug. 78,1; 4; Sil. Pun. 3,256; Plin. HN 5,76?). Frequently given the epithet Megálē/ Magna (‘great’), to differentiate it from Leptis Minor (Plin. HN 5,27; Ptol. 4,3,13; Stadiasmus maris magni 93; Sol. 27,8; Tab. Pe…

Mosaic

(3,403 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Panayides, Aliki Maria (Berne)
[German version] I. Phoenician-Punic A fundamental technical innovation in the creation of floors first occurred in the 5th cent. BC in the region of Carthage (Kerkouane) [1]: the surface was designed with the help of small, rectangular or almost square cubes ( tessellae) made of terracotta ( opus figlinum, see below II.B.), limestone or marble, which were set into a bed of mortar with the tightest possible fit and were then polished for walking upon. It appears to have developed in this important metropolis of the central Mediterranean (Pavi…

Toscanos

(333 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Colonization (Μαινάκη/ Mainákē?; Lat. M(a)enaca, Maenoba?). Modern name of a Phoenician settlement to the west of Torre del Mar (province of Málaga in Spain) at the mouth of the Río de Vélez, with a protected harbour; a pass leads into the highlands and the mining regions around Jaén. Excavations (1964-1986) discovered a trading post founded c. 730 BC by the Phoenicians. The settlement, which flourished in the 7th cent., extended to the Cerro del Peñón (94 m) to the west, where at a moderate elevat…

Baria

(161 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni | Pyrenean peninsula Today Vera near Villaricos (province of Almeria), city of the  Bastetani with strong Punic influences, at the mouth of the Almanzora. Possibly allied with the Carthaginians. Since the 6th cent. BC Punic main centre for the development of the important mining area (silver, copper, lead) of the Sierra Almagrera. More than 2,000 graves have been uncovered from the time between the 6th and 1st cent. BC, the typology and grave contents of which are stamped by Carthaginian-Punic influence. Sc…

Silver

(2,474 words)

Author(s): Riederer, Josef (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Pingel, Volker (Bochum) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
[German version] I. Definition Silver (ἀργύριον/ argýrion, ἄργυρος/ árgyros; Latin argentum) is a precious metal, which in Antiquity was extracted primarily by smelting silver-bearing ores of lead. Four different kinds occur naturally: 1. as pure silver; 2. as silver ore; 3. as a component of galena, the only economically interesting ore of lead; 4. in alloy with gold, i.e. as electrum (Elektron), in which the gold content can amount to less than 30 %. Pure silver is rare and its surface corrodes, so that…

Town, city

(4,219 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Kolb, Frank (Tübingen)
[German version] I. Definition 'Town' and 'city' in modern parlance have become general terms to describe settlements of a particular size, with a particular complement of buildings and administrative and legal structure. Owing, however, to the manifold forms assumed by towns and cities, we lack a specific, all-embracing definition: criteria such as a closed built environment, a highly evolved division of labour, and central administrative and economic functions for the surrounding territory, have p…

Stucco, Pargetting

(533 words)

Author(s): Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] I. Ancient Near East Mouldable, quickly hardening material of gypsum, lime, sand and water, occasionally with stone powder, which was used in many places (in Egypt from the Old Kingdom onwards, c. 2700-2190 BC) to smooth walls and as a base for painting. Figurines, vases and moulds for casting metal were also made from stucco. From the Parthian period onwards (1st cent. BC), figured or geometric stucco reliefs covering long walls are attested. They were modelled by hand or using templates; in the Sassanid and early Islamic periods they were also carved. Nissen, Hans Jörg…

Tas Silġ

(128 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Large rural sanctuary to Juno/Astarte on the Gulf of Marsaxlokk in the southeast of Malta (Melite [7]), originally dedicated to the mother goddess of the indigenous megalith culture of the Copper Age (3rd millennium BC), from no later than the 8th/7th cent. the site of a Phoenician cult of štrt/ Astarte, who is named in inscriptions on votive gifts. Plundered by Verres during his period in office as propraetor of Sicily (Cic. Verr. 2,4,103 f.: fanum Iunonis), it was extended in the Roman period, then abandoned in the 2nd cent. AD. An early mediaeval m…

Grave paintings

(733 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Hoesch, Nicola (Munich)
[German version] Interior or exterior painting of funerary architecture built from stone or carved into rock existed in antiquity and throughout the entire Mediterranean region, also images on wood and stone steles; sarcophagi rarely bore paintings. Each region and period had its own particular programmes of pictures, which are interpreted as realistic or symbolic, and referring to this or the next world depending on the state of research. Due to the perishable nature of the genre, much has been lost. However, significant new finds have also been made in recent years. Grave paintings …

Gem cutting

(2,838 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Michel, Simone (Hamburg)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient see  Seals Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) [German version] II. Phoenician Phoenician and Punic gem cutting (GC) (= glyptography) is known almost exclusively through stamp seals in the form of scarabees ( Scarabee) or scaraboids that were very widespread in the ancient world; the body of the beetle is graphically linear in the Phoenician east, whilst in the Punic west ─ under the Ionian-Etruscan influence ─ it is structured much more three-dimensionally. Here Greek motifs (He…

Jewellery

(2,921 words)

Author(s): Rehm, Ellen (Frankfurt/Main) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
Material and motifs indicate that jewellery in antiquity could be thought of as warding off evil or bringing luck. Not only men, women and children, but also idols wore jewellery. Jewellery was also often used as grave goods. [German version] I. Near East Beads made of shell and bone (later also wood) are again and again found in graves from the 7th/6th millennia BC. Gold and silver jewellery is known from the middle of the 3rd millennium BC from the Near East, sometimes with inlaid semiprecious stones, and in a great variety of forms (p…

Throne

(613 words)

Author(s): Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient and Egypt Ceremonially decorated piece of furniture for gods and rulers to sit on, with a high back and often with arm-rests. The sides were often shaped as animals or animal protomae; the legs were often worked in the shape of animal legs. Apart from a few fragments in stone, most thrones were probably made of wood and hence in the area of the Near East have not been preserved, but are known from numerous depictions. Thrones were presumably usually provided with metal (gold) or ivory embellishments (cf. the numerous surviving examples from Egypt). Nissen, H…

Funerary architecture

(5,482 words)

Author(s): Kammerer-Grothaus, Helke (Bremen) | Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) | Hauser, Stefan R. (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Et al.
[German version] I. Definition Funerary architecture (FA) refers to architectonically designed structures built above the contemporary ground level for the purpose of  burial, as opposed to underground hypogea, which have rooms for the cult of the dead and hero cult. Columbaria can combine both types. Hypogea with a ground level cult room influenced the early Christian martyria above the graves. Regarding further aspects of FA, cf.  Hypogaeum;  Maussolleum;  Necropoleis. Kammerer-Grothaus, Helke (Bremen) II. Egypt and the Near East [German version] A. Egypt The Egyptian buria…

Grotta Regina

(63 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A cult cave on the north-eastern slope of Monte Gallo near Palermo ( c. 180 m above sea-level) used since prehistoric times. According to Punic inscriptions and paintings (5th-1st cents. BC, among these Tinnit symbols) on the walls, underworld and fertility gods were worshipped here.  Tinnit …

Melite

(761 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Lohmann, Hans (Bochum) | Strauch, Daniel (Berlin) | Kalcyk, Hansjörg (Petershausen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(Μελίτη; Melítē). [German version] [1] Oceanid Oceanid, playmate of Persephone's (Hom. H. 2, 419). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [2] Nereid Nereid (Hom. Il. 18,42; Hes. Theog. 247; Verg. Aen. 5,825). She is present on Attic vases at the struggle between Peleus and Thetis [1]. Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [3] Naiad Naiad ( Nymphs), daughter of the river-god Aegaeus. When Hercules comes to the land of the Phaeacians to atone for the murder of his children, he fathers a son, Hyllus [2], by M. (Apoll. Rhod. 4,537ff.). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [4] Lover of Hercules Daughter of Myrmex or Dios, eponym of the Attic demes of M. [5] (Harpocr. s.v. M.). M. was a lover of Hercules, who was initiated into the lesser mysteries in this demes and had a sanctuary dedicated to him (schol. Aristoph. Ran. 501) [2. 99, 184]. Stenger, Jan (Kiel) Bibliography 1 N. Icard-Gianolio, s.v. M. (1), LIMC 6.1, 446 2 Kearns. [German version] [5] Major Attic a…

Antas

(88 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni Sanctuary of a local god (Babay or Babai?) in south-west Sardinia, called Sid Addir in Punic inscriptions and Sardus Pater in Roman ones. The cult image is a rock memorial in an initially open courtyard, in a temenos. A temple is erected in the 3rd cent. BC and again under Caracalla. Many votive offerings. Niemeyer, Hans Geor…

Bosa

(55 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni Finding-place of two high archaic Phoenician inscriptions (8th cent. BC) at the mouth of the Temo on the western coast of Sardinia. Apparently mentioned in Ptol. 3,3,7 and in It. Ant. 83,8. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 77.

Cult image

(3,473 words)

Author(s): Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome) | Heimgartner, Martin (Halle)
I. Ancient Orient [German version] A. General comments In the Near East, idols which functioned as cult images (CI) could be found in central temples, peripheral sanctuaries, private houses, and sometimes on open-air sanctuaries and cult alcoves. Their material consistency, appearance, and size varied depending on their origin and the context of their use. Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) [German version] …

Monte Sirai

(134 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A settlement which was founded in the 8th cent. BC on an indigenous Nuragic Age site situated on a hilltop at the natural entrance to the ore-rich Iglesiente in the south-west of Sardinia, north-east of the Phoenician settlement of Sulcis; Sardinia). It was taken over by Carthage at the end of the 6th cent. and the partly preserved walls were built in the 4th cent. The civil settlement (five insulae with narrow buildings) initially flourishing after the conquest by Rome was suddenly abandoned around the close of the 2nd century BC. Sardinia Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bib…

Sarcophagus

(4,388 words)

Author(s): Neudecker, Richard (Rome) | Lesky, Michael (Tübingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Oepen, Alexis
(σαρκοφάγος/ sarkophágos, stone coffin, literally 'flesh-eater'; Lat. arca, capsula and sarcofagus, Juv. 10,171). I. Graeco-Roman [German version] A. Material, typology, research …

Cirta

(414 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Christianity | Africa | | Coloniae | Africa | Commerce | Limes | Limes | Punic Wars | Rome | Rome (Cirta Regia, Punic Krtn). Numidian foundation on the other side of the Ampsaga river [1. 72 n. 141], modern Constantine. C. came under Punic influence no later than the 3rd cent. BC [2; 3]. It was first the chief city of Gaia, then of  Syphax and finally of  Massinissa and his successors (Liv. 29,32,14; 30,12,3-22; Str. 17,3,7; 13; Mela 1,30; App. Lib. 27,111f.; Oros. 4,18,21; Zon. 9,13). After the fall of  Carthage, C. apparently received refugees from there who afterwards formed a strong Punic component in the cultural profile. Preservation of traditions can be seen in the presence of the sanctuary (Tophet?) of El Hofra on the settlement mound of C., which was dedicated to the god Ba'al Hamon. More than 800 votive steles (!) with the familiar iconography of Carthage's Tophet were found. Caesar, who appointed the mercenary leader P.  Sittius as lord of C. (App. B Civ. 4,54) [1. 549 n. 5], elevated the town to the rank of a colonia Latina and his successor Augustus raised it to a colonia Romana. Early in the 2nd cent. AD, C. became a provincial capital as the centre of the res publica quattuor coloniarum Cirtensium (with Milev,  Chullu and  Rusicade). C. was destroyed in AD 310 or 311 (Aur. Vict. 40,28) during the confrontation of the praef. praetorio of Maxentius, Ceionius, with the insurgent vicarius of the dioecesis Africa, L. Domitius Alexander. Consta…

Castillo Doña Blanca

(102 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Prehistoric Tartessian, fortified proto-urban settlement with a harbour at the ancient junction of the Río Guadalete and the Bahía de Cádiz, now a hill in the alluvial land east of the port of Puerto de S. Maria, since the 8th cent. BC obviously with a large proportion of Phoenician settlers and a cultural strongly Oriental profile to match. From the necropolis ( de las Cumbres
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