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Polycritus

(54 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Πολύκριτος/ Polýkritos) of Mende, historian from western Greece c. middle of the 4th cent. BC and author of a History of (the Young) Dionysius [2] and a History of Sicily (Sikeliká), whose compass, perspective and extent in time are unknown; only 3 fragments survive (FGrH 559 with commentary). Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Phanodemus

(149 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Φανόδημος; Phanódēmos). Atthidographer, father of the historian Diyllus and follower of Lycurgus' [9] restoration policy (FGrH 325 T 2-5). As a member of the Council he was honoured with a gold wreath in 343/2 BC (IG II2 223 = Syll.3 227). Several inscriptions from the years 332/1 to 329/8 (IG VII 4252-4254) testify to his espousing the cult of Amphiaraus of Ephesus. His Atthís, comprising at least 9 books, which appeared in about 330 and of which 27 fragments survive, also reveals a strong interest in issues of cult. The fragment datable as…

Nymphis

(221 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Νύμφις; Nýmphis). N. from Heraclia [7] on the Pontus, son of Xenagoras, historian, b. c. 310 BC, d. after 246. He played an eminent role among the exiles who returned to their home in 281 BC after the end of the tyranny under Clearchus [3] and the death of Lysimachus [2] (FGrH 432 T 3 = Memnon FGrH 434 F 1, c. 7,3). In 250, N. was the leader of the delegation that induced the Galatians to withdraw from Heracleotis (T 4 = Memnon FGrH 434 F 1, c. 16,3). Works: 1) ‘On Heraclia in 13 bks.: Extensive local history of his home town, connected with the ‘great’ history and pr…

Heloris

(139 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Ἕλωρις; Hélōris). Syracusan, close friend, perhaps even the adoptive father of the older  Dionysius [1] (Diod. Sic. 14,8,5). During an uprising of the Syracusans against the tyrant in 404/3 BC he uttered, according to Diodorus (loc. cit.), the remark that was quoted right through to late antiquity: ‘Tyranny is a beautiful shroud’ ( kalòn entáphiòn estin hē tyrannís). Later banished for unknown reasons, he fought in 394 in Rhegium against Dionysius, laid siege to Messana in vain in 393 and defended Rhegium successfully in 392 against th…

Agatharchides of Cnidus

(340 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Ἀγαθαρχίδης; Agatharchídēs). [German version] A. Life Historian and geographer. Particulars about his life and work in a vita by Photius 213. As a consequence of a self-attestation in Photius 250 in 132/1 BC (or already 145?) an old man. Birth therefore before 200. Active as reader and secretary of Heracleides Lembos in Alexandria. Meister, Klaus (Berlin) [German version] B. Works 1. History of Asia ( Asiatiká) in 10 books, reaching up to the era of the Diadochi. From book two (as well as book eight of Artemidorus' description of the earth) comes the depict…

Local chronicles, local history

(563 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] Historical or antiquarian works on particular areas or localities, often dated according to eponymous officials. According to [1], Greek local chronicles and local historiography grew out of official lists and indices (officials, priests, victors in competitions) in which notes on all sorts of events were scattered. From these preliterary town chronicles, local chronicles and histories supposedly developed in the 6th/5th cents. BC, with the Hóroi (Annual Books) of Samos being the earliest; later the Atthís followed. This opinion, whic…

Damocles

(90 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Δαμοκλῆς; Damoklês). Courtier and sycophant of the tyrant  Dionysius [1] I (according to Timaeus FGrH 566 F 32 of Dionysius II). The anecdote of the ‘sword of Damocles’ became famous through Cicero (Tusc. 5,61f.): as D. considered the powerful and rich tyrant to be the happiest person in the world, the latter had a sumptuous meal prepared for him but above his head had a sword suspended on a horse hair in order to demonstrate to him the true ‘happiness’ of a tyrant. Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Mnesiptolemus

(93 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Μνησιπτόλεμος/ Mnēsiptólemos). Son of Calliarchus from Cyme, a city in Asia Minor (IG XI 697), Greek historian at the court of king Antiochus [5] III of Seleucia (222-187 BC). In his Historía, now completely lost, he was ‘probably more concerned with the deeds of Antiochus the Great than with the entire history of the Syrian kings’ [1]. Because of the many trivial details about the court in his writings, he was ridiculed in comedy (cf. Ath. 10,40 p. 432bc = T 2). Meister, Klaus (Berlin) Bibliography 1 FGrH 164 with commentary.

Terias

(48 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Τηρίας; Tērías). River on the eastern coast of Sicilia with Leontini on its upper reaches (Scyl. 13; Diod.  Sic. 14,14,3;  cf. Thuc. 6,50,3; 6,94,2; Plin. HN 3,89), modern San Leonardo di Lentini. Meister, Klaus (Berlin) Bibliography E. Manni, Geografia fisica e politica della Sicilia antica, 1981, 125.

Sicanus

(74 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Σικανός; Sikanós). From Syracuse, son of Execestus; in the autumn of 415 BC he, Hermocrates [1] and Heracleides [2] were elected plenipotentiary strategoi (Thuc. 6,73). Sent in 413 to conquer Acragas, he returned without achieving anything (Thuc. 7,36; 7,50,1). His attempt to set fire to the ships salvaged by the Athenians from a lost sea battle (at the beginning of September 413) failed (Thuc. 7,70-74). Peloponnesian War Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Gellias

(62 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Γελλίας; Gellías). Wealthy Acragantian, whose unique hospitality and generosity were extolled by Diodorus (13,83) when portraying the prosperity of Acragas in the 5th cent. BC (Diod. Sic. 13,81,4-84,7 = Timaeus FGrH 566 F 26a). Cf. also Ath. I 4 and Val. Max. 4,8 ext. 2. G. died when Acragas was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 406/5. Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Agroetas

(52 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Ἀγροίτας; Agroítas). Greek historian of the Hellenistic era (from Cyrene?). Author of Libyka in at least three books. The few preserved fragments display a rationalistic reshaping of mythology. A. apparently influenced the mythological handbook cited by Diod. Sic. 4,26,2-4 and used at 3,52 ff. (FGrH 762). Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Deinias

(83 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Δεινίας; Deinías). From Argos, lived in the 3rd cent. BC; he was the author of Argoliká in at least nine books. They ranged in scope from extensive treatment of the mythical period to the battle of Cleonae ( c. 235), at which  Aratus [2] defeated the tyrant Aristippus of Argos (FGrH 306 F 5). His identity with the D. who murdered the tyrant Abantidas of Sicyon in 251/50 (T 1), is not established. FGrH 306 (with comm.). Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Nereis

(102 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[German version] (Νηρηίς/ Nērēís). Daughter of the Molossian king Pyrrhus II. In 233/2 BC, for dynastic reasons, Hiero [2] II married her to his son Gelo [2]; she bore three sons, including Hieronymus [3], and one daughter. The name of the queen is inscribed in the theatre of Syracuse (Syll.3 429). N. also had statues of her family erected at Delphi and Olympia (Syll.3 453; Pol. 7,4,5; Liv. 24,6,8; Paus. 6,12,3). Meister, Klaus (Berlin) Bibliography 1 J. Seibert, Historische Beiträge zu den dynastischen Verbindungen in hellenistischer Zeit, 1967, 110f. 2 G. de Sensi Sestito, Gerone I…

Lindische Tempelchronik

(200 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[English version] Die Anagraphḗ von Lindos (auf Rhodos), 1904 entdeckt, ist ein hervorragendes Beispiel für ein lokalgesch. Werk, das einem Spezialthema gilt. Die Inschr. wurde 99 v.Chr. auf Antrag des Hagesitimos, Sohn des Timachidas, durch Beschluß des Rates im Heiligtum der Athena Lindia aufgestellt: Sie enthält den Wortlaut dieses Beschlusses (= A), ein Inventar von 45 Weihgeschenken, die (angeblich) im Tempel aufgestellt waren (= B und C), und die Beschreibung von vier Epiphanien (“Erscheinung…

Akestoridas

(48 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[English version] (Ἀκεστορίδης). Aus Korinth. Ca. 323/2 v. Chr. von den Syrakusiern zum Strategen gewählt, um Oligarchen und (gemäßigte) Demokraten miteinander zu versöhnen, suchte er angeblich den der Tyrannis verdächtigten Agathokles [2] zu beseitigen (Diod. 19,5,1). Meister, Klaus (Berlin) Bibliography K. Meister, CAH 7.1, 21984, 387 f.

Agroitas

(52 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[English version] (Ἀγροίτας). Griech. Historiker aus hell. Zeit (von Kyrene?). Verf. von Libyká in mindestens 3 Büchern. Die wenigen erh. Fragmente lassen eine rationalistische Umgestaltung des Mythos erkennen. A. hat anscheinend das von Diod. 4,26,2-4 zitierte und von ihm 3,52 ff. benützte myth. Handbuch beeinflußt (FGrH 762). Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Gellias

(60 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[English version] (Γελλίας). Reicher Akragantiner, dessen einmalige Gastlichkeit und Freigebigkeit von Diodoros (13,83) anläßlich der Schilderung des Wohlstandes von Akragas im 5. Jh. v.Chr. (Diod. 13,81,4-84,7 = Timaios FGrH 566 F 26a) gerühmt werden. Vgl. auch Athen. I 4 und Val. Max. 4,8 ext. 2. G. starb bei der Zerstörung von Akragas durch die Karthager 406/5. Meister, Klaus (Berlin)

Marmor Parium

(323 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
[English version] Hell. Marmorchronik aus Paros; zwei umfangreiche Partien sind erhalten: Frg. A (Z. 1-93) kam im J. 1627 aus Smyrna in den Besitz des Grafen Thomas Howard von Arundel, doch gingen Z. 1-45 während der Wirren unter Karl I. verloren und sind nur aus der Editio princeps von J. Selden [1] bekannt; Z. 46-93 befinden sich seit 1667 in Oxford. 1897 wurde auf Paros Frg. B (Z. 101-132, FHG 1, 542-555) entdeckt, es wird h. im dortigen Museum aufbewahrt. Beim M.P. handelt es sich um eine griech. Universalchronik, die der Unterrichtung und Unterhaltung einer breiten Öff…

Daimachos

(160 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Δαίμαχος). [English version] [1] aus Plataiai, Historiker, 4. Jh. v. Chr. aus Plataiai, griech. Historiker im 4. Jh.v.Chr. Er war Verf. einer Zeitgeschichte, von Jacoby schwerlich zu Recht als Autor der Hellenika von Oxyrhynchos betrachtet. FGrH 65 (mit Komm.). Meister, Klaus (Berlin) Bibliography F. Jacoby, The Autorship of the Hellenica of Oxyrhynchus, in: CQ 44, 1950, 1-11  S. Hornblower, in: Proc. of the Second Internat. Congr. of Boiotian Studies (erscheint demnächst; verteidigt Jacoby)  K. Meister, Die griech. Geschichtsschreibung, 1990, 65f. [English version] [2] aus …
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