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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…

Toreutics

(1,585 words)

Author(s): Wartke, Ralf-B. (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
(τορευτικὴ τέχνη/ toreutikḕ téchnē; Lat. caelatura; literally 'chiseling', from τορεύς/ toreús, Lat. caelum, 'chisel') denotes the chasing and repoussé work of thin plates of metal, or else works in which chasing is combined with repoussé work to design relief work; repoussé work may be replaced by casts. [German version] I. The Ancient Orient and Egypt Toreutics designates primarily the productive technique by which metals (gold/electrum, silver, copper/bronze, lead, iron) were shaped in a cold state. The objects (plaques), usually thin, were forme…

Tamuda

(61 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Small Mauretanian rural town (3rd to 1st cents. BC) at Tétouan (in Morocco) near the coast (of the Mare Ibericum), with strong Carthaginian influences (forms of burial, coin minting). Earliest archaeological evidence from the 6th cent. BC; in the Roman Imperial period the site of a military camp. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography M. Ponsich, s. v. T., DCPP, 436.

Rachgoun

(90 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A small island at the mouth of the Wādī Tafna (Latin Siga) in western Algeria, R. is the site of the extensive necropolis of the Mauretanian Punic city of Siga and, on the southern side, of a small Punic merchant settlement dating to the 7th-5th century BC; according to the finds, there were particularly close links with Phoenician factories on the southern coast of Spain. Syphax Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography S. Lancel, É. Lipiński, s. v. R., DCPP, 369  G. Vuillemot, Reconnaissances aux échelles puniques d'Oranie, 1965.

Stele

(787 words)

Author(s): Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
[German version] I. Near East and Egypt Stelae are standing stone slabs with reliefs or inscriptions on one or more sides; in Egypt wooden stelae also survive. In early Mesopotamia their shape can be natural, elsewhere they usually have rounded tops, less often squared tops. From the end of the 4th millennium BC, funeral stelae were used in Egypt at or in tombs (or cenotaphs) as cult places. In the 1st millennium, funeral stelae (mostly wooden) were also placed in the burial chamber: they bear images (…

Weapons

(2,508 words)

Author(s): Hausleiter, Arnulf (Berlin) | Hiesel, Gerhard (Freiburg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Blech, Michael (Madrid) | Kohler, Christoph (Bad Krozingen) | Et al.
[German version] I. Ancient Near East and Egypt Weapons were among the earliest artefacts fashioned by humans and their ancestors. Stone arrowheads and blades were the first recognizable weapons in the ancient Near East into the Neolithic Period ( c. 10000 BC). From the 4th millennium BC, weapons were depicted on roll seals and stelae in scenes of warfare or hunting. Of maces suitable for close combat, generally only the heads (of stone or metal) survive. One exception is the deposit at the Chalcolithic find site of Naḥal Mišmār in P…

Morro de Mezquitilla

(127 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Phoenician settlement of the early 8th cent. BC, founded on the site of a Copper Age settlement on a height overlooking the mouth of the Río Algarrobo, 6 km east of Vélez-Málaga (southern Spain). Its associated necropolises were probably partly on the opposite (western) bank of the river, where a 7th-cent. BC chamber tomb, significant from an architectural point of view, is preserved, along with evidence of others (Trayamar). Necropolis Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography H.G. Niemeyer, H. Schubart, Trayamar. Die phönizischen Kammergräber und die N…

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…

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 Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography G. Coacci Polselli, M. G. Guzzo Amadasi, V. Tusa, Grotta Regina ─ II, 1979.

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 Dau…

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 Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Acquaro et al., Ricerche puniche ad Antas, 1996 G. Tore, s. v. A., in: DCPP, 33-34.

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] B. Egypt CI of gods already existed in earliest times. They could be anthropomorphic (anthr.), theriomorphous, or of mixed shape, and were created as in…

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 Since the 18th cent., scholars have been referring to containers for corpses decorated with reliefs as sarcophagi. These were made of marble, less frequently of limestone, tuff, sandstone, granite, basalt or porphyry. Pliny describes a lapis ... sarcophagus from Assus (Plin. HN 2,210; 36,131) as 'corpse-consuming'. Terracotta and lead were used in certain regions. Wooden sarco…

Griffin

(260 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Composite creature with the head of a bird of prey and the body of a lion, usually winged, presumed to have been conceived of in the early  Elam period and to have reached predynastic Egypt, where it developed independently. In the 1st quarter of the 2nd millennium the ancient Syrian G. (characterized by a curl on the nape of its neck), which emerged under Egyptian influence, spread to Anatolia and the Aegean; established in Crete since the MM II/III era, it was adapted to the Min…

Trayamar

(234 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Modern country estate ( finca) to the west of the mouth of the River Algarrobo, about 4 km to the east of Torre del Mar (province of Málaga in Spain), site of several Phoenician chamber graves ( tombeaux batîs). The necropolis belongs to the settlement on the Morro de Mezquitilla (on the opposite side of the river). Characteristics of the graves are their construction from hewn blocks, carefully smoothed on the inside, their eastward orientation (towards the settlement) and their access over a ramp-shaped dromos. The chambers of graves 1 ( c. 1.9 m × 2.6 m) and 4 (2.9 …

Nora

(375 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Meloni, Piero (Cagliari) | Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[German version] [1] Town on the Capo di Pula on the south coast of Sardinia This item can be found on the following maps: Sardinia et Corsica | Theatre | Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni (Νώρα; Nṓra). Town on the Capo di Pula on the south coast of Sardinia, approx. 20 km south of Cagliari. N. is regarded as the oldest town on the island (Paus. 10,17,5; Solin. 4,1; on its location cf. Itin. Anton. 85,2f.; Tab. Peut. 4,1). After a pre-colonial phase (cf. Phoenician inscriptions CIS I 144 c. 800 BC; [1. 1]), N. was founded by the Phoenicians in the mid 7th cent. BC. The Phoenician …

Phoenicians, Poeni

(8,121 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Röllig, Wolfgang (Tübingen) | Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Müller, Walter W. (Marburg/Lahn) | Müller, Hans-Peter (Münster)
[German version] I. Names and concept, sources The name and concept of the Phoínikes (Φοίνικες)/Phoenicians (= P.) were formed in the Greek world [1]. Those designated by it understood themselves primarily as citizens or members of a union of cities, e.g. as Tyrians, Sidonians or - after the shared cultural region - as Canaanites [2]. In this they were referring to a political or ethnic identity derived from the Ancient Near Eastern Bronze Age. The various designations can only be reconciled from case to cas…

Bitia

(97 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Phoenician settlement founded in the 7th cent. BC on the southern coast of Sardinia, with an acropolis and harbour; mentioned by Ptol. 3,3,3 under the name of Biqia. Remains of a sanctuary with a temple, perhaps of Ešmun, near the necropolis located on the seaside with its cremation burials from the 7th/6th cents. and body burials from the 6th -2nd cents. BC. Many terracottas of a style known from Ibiza and Carthage derive from a votive depository. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 73f. M. L. Uberti, Le figurine fittili di Bithia, 1973.

Cannita, Pizzo

(37 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Phoenician-Punic settlement, c. 10 km east of Palermo, known from the chance finds of two anthropoid sarcophagi (in 1695 and 1725), and from surface finds. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. C., 88.

Gades

(981 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Caesar | Wine | | Commerce | Hispania, Iberia | Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni | Punic Wars | Punic Wars | Pyrenean peninsula (oldest Phoenician form of the name Gdr, ‘wall’, ‘citadel’, ‘fortress’, cf. Avien. 85, 267, 269, and [1. I 119; 3. 101f.], Greek Γάδειρα ( Gádeira), Latin Gades, modern Cádiz). The date of its foundation is linked to the foundations of Utica and Carthage; according to literary sources, it is estimated for c. 1100 BC (Vell. Pat. 1,2; Iust. 44,5,2; Mela 3,46; Plin. HN 16,216; cf. [3. 5-12;…

Ivory carvings

(904 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Wartke, Ralf-B. (Berlin) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
[German version] I. Middle East and Phoenicia Ivory, i.e. tusks of the boar, the hippopotamus and particularly the (African as well as Asian)  elephant, was extremely popular from the Neolithic period onwards as a material in ‘craftwork’. In the Bronze Age and the early Iron Age, the important workshops of the Syrian-Phoenician coastal towns and also of Egypt developed styles that were recognizably their own. Ivory carvings (IC) were widespread through intensive trade and almost always formed part of t…

Carthage

(5,523 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Kopka, Alexandra (Freiburg i. Br. RWG)
Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) [German version] I. Archaeological Excavations (CT) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) [German version] A. From the beginnings to the settling of the White Fathers in 1875 (CT) Legends about the untold riches of the Punic metropolis have always fascinated treasure hunters, starting with Scipio's soldiers, who ransacked and razed the city in 146 BC, and with Pompey's legionnaires, who, two generations later, after the victory against the Numidian king Hiarbas near Utica (83 BC), scoured the nearby d…

Opus Africanum

(249 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Common technical term in the archaeological study of construction techniques describing a masonry technique, in which pillars made of ashlar or orthostatic blocks alternate with spaces infilled with mud brick or rubble, similar in principle to timber framing. It was common especially in Punic North Africa, Sardinia and the parts of Sicily ruled by Carthage or under its influence (e.g. Motya, Soluntum, Selinuntum, Heraclea [9] Minoa) and also spread as far as Etruria (Tarquinia) an…

Abdera

(343 words)

Author(s): von Bredow, Iris (Bietigheim-Bissingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] [1] City on Cape Bouloustra This item can be found on the following maps: Thraci, Thracia | Colonization | Macedonia, Macedones | Moesi, Moesia | Peloponnesian War | Pergamum | Persian Wars | Pompeius | Punic Wars | Athenian League (Second) (Ἄβδηρα; Ábdēra). City on Cape Bouloustra, in the Aegean, 16 km north-east of the mouth of the Nestus; founded and fortified in 656 BC by Ionian  Clazomenae; destroyed by Thracians at the beginning of the 6th cent. BC. Archaeologically attested archaic graves. From 545 BC, a second fou…

Classical Archaeology

(20,015 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Willers, Dietrich (Berne) | Schweizer, Stefan (Kassel RWG) | Schweizer, Beat (Tübingen RWG)
Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) I. General (CT) [German version] A. Terminology (CT) A peculiarity of the discipline is the absence of a generally accepted concept of Classical Archeology (CA), which in a good third of German-speaking universities is simply called Archaeology, either by way of obvious simplification or by way of conscious extension of the subject-matter, thereby sacrificing the aspect and claim of the ‘Classical’. One of its most prominent research bodies, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut [20; 55; 89], was founded in Rome in 1829 as the Istituto di corrispond…

Necropoleis

(7,045 words)

Author(s): Tsochos, Charalampos (Erfurt) | Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Genz, Hermann (Istanbul) | Hiesel, Gerhard (Freiburg) | Et al.
[German version] I. Introduction The Greek word νεκρόπολις/ nekrópolis, ‘city of the dead’, is attested in Antiquity only in Strabo (17,1,10,14) as the name of a suburb of Alexandria [1] (Necropolis). Modern scholarship transfers the term necropolis to cemeteries of various cultures and time periods. General definitions as to shape and size do not exist. In this article, necropolis refers only to sites of a certain size and usually lying outside the settlements themselves. The size of a necropolis, the …

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…

Rešep

(227 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Syrian (western Semitic) god, attested in the area between Ebla, Mari, Byblus and Ugarit from the 3rd millennium BC. In the Phoenician world of the Mediterranean, R. merged syncretistically with Melqart (cf. the votive inscription KAI II 88 f. of Ibiza, 5th/4th cent. [1]). As Smiting God adopted from Egypt in the well known pattern of 'the king striking dead his enemies', he inspired the iconography of fighting deities in the Mediterranean high and 'fringe' cultures [2], and was imitated in regions influenced by the Phoenicia…

Tharrus

(182 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Sardinia et Corsica | | Etrusci, Etruria | Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni (Θάρρος/ Thárros; Latin Tharrus). Phoenician settlement (founded shortly before or c. 700 BC) on the western coast of Sardinia on the Sinis peninsula, which encloses to the west the Gulf of Oristano, between two indigenous nuraghic settlements; There are records of contacts with the Orient from the 2nd millennium BC onwards. Rich finds in the necropoleis (gold jewellery) and the topheth (vot…

Cape Bon

(155 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] The peninsula, which bounds the gulf of Tunis to the east, extensively covered with fertile horticultural land (Diod. Sic. 10,8,3-4; Pol. 1,29,7), was probably as early as the 5th cent. BC part of the Carthaginian chora and protected by coastal fortifications (Aspis/ Clupea, modern Kélibia, Ras ed-Drek [Hermaia? Str. 17,3,16], Ras el-Fortass). The almost completely excavated small Punic town of Kerkouane on the eastern coast is exemplary for the prosperity of Cape Bon under Carthaginian rule. Also of significance in this were the quarries near El Haouaria in the n…

Cyrene

(1,085 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Caesar | Christianity | Africa | Wine | | Grain Trade, Grain Import | Commerce | Colonization | Crete | Limes | Rome | Rome (Κυρήνη; Kyrḗnē, Lat. Cyrene). [German version] I. History C. was founded by the Dorian island city of Thera in the mod. Cyrenaica, mod. Shahhat. Documentary evidence: Hdt. 4,150-158; SEG IX 3 (with a true core); Str. 17,3,21 [1. 9-67]. Overpopulation and famine ─ not internal political struggles ─ forced the inhabitants of Thera into the foundation of this   apoikía (differently in Menecl…

Kerkouane

(103 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni | Punic Wars (Dar es-Safi/Tamzerat). Carthaginian ‘provincial’ city on the east coast of Cap Bon, founded in the late 6th cent. BC, about 8 ha in size, surrounded by a (once reinforced) wall, presumably destroyed in the 3rd cent. BC during the invasion of Regulus. The find documents the lower middle class culture of the 4th cent.; in tomb chambers eschatological paintings are extant. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography M. Fantar, K., vol. 1-3, 1984-1986 H. Gallet de Santerre, L. Slim, Recherches su…

Lix

(385 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] [1] City in Mauretanian Tingitana This item can be found on the following maps: Coloniae | Colonization | Phoenicians, Poeni (Phoenician Lkš; Líxos). Huß, Werner (Bamberg) [German version] A. General Founded by the Phoenicians in what was later Mauretania Tingitana, about 120 km south-west of Ceuta, near modern Larache [1. 31f.]. Evidence: Ps.-Scyl. 112 (Λίγξ); Str. 17,3,2 (Λύγξ, Λίξος), 17,3,3 and 3,6 (Λύγξ); 17,3,8 (Λίξος, Λύγξ); Ptol. 4,1,13; 8,13,5 (Λίξ); It. Ant. 7,4 ( Lix colonia); Solin. 24,3 ( Lix colonia); Iulius Honorius, Cosmographia A 47 ( Lix oppidum); S…

Anchor

(268 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] The anchor as a device for tying up a ship in shallow water is an essential prerequisite for the development of advanced seafaring. In the Bronze Age, simple, roughly hewn stone anchors with pointed ends are known; they have one to three holes through their flat part for fixing the anchor rope ( ancorale) and an anchor stock (?). Perhaps invented by the Phoenicians, a wooden anchor becomes common in the early 1st millennium BC, which has the shape of a so-called admiralty anchor with wings/paddles and, at the other end, an anchor st…

Carthage

(1,885 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Leisten, Thomas (Princeton) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Caesar | Christianity | Africa | Wine | | Coloniae | Africa | Etrusci, Etruria | Commerce | Colonization | Limes | Limes | Pertinax | Phoenicians, Poeni | Pilgrimage | Punic Wars | Punic Wars | Rome | Rome (Phoenician Qrt-ḥdšt, ‘new town’; Greek Καρχηδών/ Karchēdṓn, Lat. Carthago). I. History [German version] A. From Phoenician foundation to Roman colony According to Timaeus' report (FGrH 566 F 60), C. was founded in 814/13 or 813/2 BC -- on the site of Tunis' modern suburb of the same name. The colonist were …

Baliares

(399 words)

Author(s): Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A. General The modern B. were named Gymnḗsiai by the Greeks, because their inhabitants went naked during the summer. The two main islands were referred to respectively as insula maior and insula minor; the names of Maiorica and Menorica (modern Mallorca and Minorca) are only found from the 3rd cent. AD (Georgius Cyprianus, p. 108, 673 Gelzer). Apart from those two islands, Plin. HN 3,78 also lists Capraria, Triquada and parva (sc. insula) Hannibalis, also Menariae. They can undoubtedly be identified with the islands of Cabrera, Porrasa, Sech and the Las …

Ebusus

(172 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] (Ἔβουσος; Ébousos). According to archaeological finds, the larger one of the two  Pityussae (‘Spruce islands’), Ibiza and Formentera, was settled around the middle of the 7th cent. BC, initially under the name of ybšm by Phoenician colonists from the Straits of Gibraltar. The founding of a settlement by Carthage reported in Diod. Sic. 5,16,1-3, evidently refers to an expansion carried out by the north African metropolis some 100 years later. Thanks to its prominent position, the town of E. became an important Pu…

Navigation

(2,434 words)

Author(s): Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Alonso-Núñez, José Miguel (Madrid)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient and Egypt In Egypt and southern Mesopotamia navigation played a major role, especially in inland traffic but also in communication across the sea. In both countries, rivers and canals were the major traffic arteries that were even used by the gods on their mutual visits and by rulers on their tours. Beyond their ordinary significance as a means of transportation for people and goods, ships also had a religious connotation. In Egypt the vocabulary of navigation entered daily life. In both countries, boats sailed or were towed, but in southern M…

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. appa…

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) are tomb inventories typically influenced by the Orient. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography D. Ruiz Mata, in: Madrider Mitteil. 27, 1986, 87ff. Id., C. J. Pérez, El poblado fenicio d…

Bou Kornein

(101 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] The c. 550 m high massif over the eastern shore of the bay of Tunis holds between its two distinctive peaks (Verg. Aen. 1,162f. vastae rupes geminique minantur [1]) an important sanctuary of Saturnus Balcaranensis (Punic Baal Qarnēm, ‘Baal of the two horns’), from the Roman imperial period but based on Punic tradition. Picture-steles ( c. 600 preserved) of dedication basically belong to two different groups: either popular-‘neo-Punic’ with symbolic pictures or conventional Roman sacrificial scenes. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography 1 H. G. Niemeye…

Hiram I

(188 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] King of Tyre ( Tyrus) ( c. 962-929 BC). The name is shortened from the Phoenician Aḥīram (‘my brother is exalted’); known primarily for the trading expeditions sent as ‘joint ventures’ with King Solomon of Jerusalem to Ophir (India? East Africa? 1 Kg 9:26-28) and Tarsish (in the west of the Iberian peninsula,  Tartessus; 1 Kg 10:22, cf. Ez 27:12) [1. 251]. According to reliable surviving reports, including Josephus (Ap. 1,109-121), he was an active urban builder in Tyre and erected new temples f…

Byrsa

(95 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Usual name (Lat., Greek bursa, ‘cow hide’) for the acropolis of  Carthage, supposedly as a reminder of Dido's legendary purchase of land (‘as much as a cow hide can cover’) for the foundation of the town, or oldest place name (Serv. Aen. 1,70: Carthago ante Byrsa, post Tyros dicta est), as a result of misunderstanding the Phoenician toponym bir-ša (‘Sheep's well’). 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. Id., in: DCPP, s…

Baitylia

(346 words)

Author(s): Auffarth, Christoph (Tübingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(βαιτύλια; βαίτυλοι; baitýlia, baítyloi). [German version] I. Religious Studies Large upright stones which are included in the cult activity in sanctuaries are to be found throughout the entire Mediterranean region [1]. It was the Phoenicians in particular who contributed to the spread of these. The baitylia in Tyrus and in Emesa were famous [2]. In Israel polemics and the inclusion of baitylia in the cult (Maṣṣebah) with the predication of God, exist side by side (God as a rock: Ps 28,1 [3]). Minoan iconography portrays ecstatic theophany (?) [4]. In Gre…

Masks

(1,705 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] I. Phoenicia Facial masks and head protomes (also shortened human representations including the neck and shoulder part) are a common type of monument since the 9th/8th cent. BC in the Phoenician-Punic world. They spread from the Levant (here going back to the 2nd millennium, e.g. in Tell Qāṣila, also from Tyrus, Amrīt, Akhzib, Hazor, Sarepta etc.) via Cyprus, Carthage, Sicily (Motya), Sardinia and Ibiza into the far west (Cadiz). The masks (with openings for eyes and mouth) mostly …

Mogador

(133 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Largest island (40 ha) of one of the small archipelagos of the Atlantic coast of southern Morocco opposite the port of Essaouira (originally also an island), which is presumably identical with the  insulae purpurariae (Plin. HN 6,201; 203), on which Iuba [2] II established dyeing workshops. In the 7th cent., as evidenced by ceramics found (some with Phoenician graffiti!), Phoenicians founded a trading post there, which existed until the end of the 6th cent. BC. Africa (with map) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, s.v. M., DCPP, 296  M.G. Amada…

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 (…

Castillo Doña Blanca

(87 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Vorgeschichtlich-tartessische, befestigte proto-urbane Siedlung mit Hafen an der ant. Einmündung des Río Guadalete in die Bahía de Cádiz, h. Hügel im Schwemmland östl. der Hafenstadt Puerto de S. Maria, seit dem 8.Jh. v.Chr. offensichtlich mit starkem Anteil an phöniz. Siedlern und entsprechend deutlich oriental. geprägtem Kulturprofil. Aus der zugehörigen Nekropole ( de las Cumbres) stammen typisch orientalisierende Grabinventare. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography D.Ruiz Mata, in: Madrider Mitteil. 27, 1986, 87ff.  Ders., C.J. Pérez, El pob…

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…

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 …

Mauretania

(1,721 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(Μαυρουσία). [English version] I. Name Etwa das Gebiet Marokkos und West-Algeriens umfassend, hieß M. im 2. Jh.v.Chr. - nach griech. Vorbild - wohl Maurusia (vgl. Coelius Antipater, HRR 1,175 fr. 55). Die gleiche Form der Namensbildung in M. (Ἑρπεδιτανοί) und in Iberia (z.B. Turdetani, Cassetani) und die Existenz der Nektíbēres (Νεκτίβηρες) in M. sprechen für eine libysch-iberische Verwandtschaft. Huß, Werner (Bamberg) [English version] II. Geographie Geologisch ist M. weithin durch die Gebirgszüge des Rif-Atlas, des Mittleren Atlas und des Hohen Atlas gepr…

Nadel

(3,489 words)

Author(s): Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) | Giesen, Katharina (Tübingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen) | Steimle, Christopher (Erfurt) | Et al.
[English version] I. Allgemein N. (βελόνη/ belónē, περόνη/ perónē, ῥαφίς/ rhaphís, lat. acus) wurden auch im ant. Haushalt unterschiedlich verwendet: als Haar-, Gewand- oder Näh-N. Daneben waren sie Arbeitsutensil z.B. bei Ärzten (Medizinische Instrumente), Segelmachern u.a.; ebenfalls sind Tätowierungen mit bes. N. ausgeführt worden. Die lange, zu einem Ende spitz auslaufende Stabform der N. hat sich seit der Frühzeit nicht geändert. Bei der Näh-N. ist der Kopf meist unverziert und flach; darunter sitzt da…

Anker

(244 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Der A., als Gerät zum Festhalten eines Schiffes über Grund, ist wesentliche Voraussetzung für die Entwicklung der höheren Seefahrt. Die Bronzezeit kennt einfach zurechtgehauene zinnenförmige Stein-A. mit ein bis drei Durchbohrungen der Fläche zum Befestigen des A.-Taus ( ancorale) und eines A.-Stocks (?). Vielleicht von den Phöniziern erfunden, wird im frühen 1. Jt. v. Chr. ein hölzerner A. in der Form der sog. Admiralitäts-A. mit Flügeln /Schaufeln und, am anderen Ende, quergeführtem A.-Stock üblich. Dieser und die …

Mosaik

(3,105 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Panayides, Aliki Maria (Bern)
[English version] I. Phönikisch-punisch Eine für die spätere Entwicklung des M. grundlegende technische Innovation bei der Fußbodenherstellung, d.h. die Gestaltung der Oberfläche mit Hilfe kleiner, rechteckig oder annähernd quadratisch zugeschlagener Kuben (Tessellae) aus Terrakotta ( opus figlinum, s.u. II.B.) oder Kalkstein bzw. Marmor, die mit engstem Fugenschluß in dem Mörtelbett versetzt und für das Belaufen abgeschliffen werden, ist zum ersten Mal im 5. Jh. v.Chr. in der Region von Karthago (Kerkouane) nachzuweisen [1] und a…

Bosa

(48 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Phönizier, Punier Fundort von zwei hocharch. phöniz. Inschr. (8.Jh. v.Chr.) an der Mündung des Temo an der Westküste Sardiniens. Anscheinend von Ptol. 3,3,7 und im Itin. Anton. 83,8 erwähnt. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 77.

Baliares

(341 words)

Author(s): Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] A. Allgemein Die h. Balearen wurden von den Griechen Gymnḗsiai gen., weil die Bewohner im Sommer nackt gingen. Die beiden Hauptinseln wurden insula maior bzw. insula minor genannt; die Formen Maiorica und Menorica (h. Mallorca und Minorca) finden sich erst seit dem 3.Jh. n.Chr. (Georgios Cyprianus, p. 108, 673 Gelzer). Plin. nat. 3,78 nennt außer diesen beiden noch Capraria, Triquada und parva (sc. insula) Hannibalis, außerdem Menariae. Man kann sie wohl identifizieren mit den Inseln Cabrera, Porrasa, Sech und der Gruppe Las Isletas. Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) …

Gades

(874 words)

Author(s): Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Caesar | Handel | Hispania, Iberia | Kolonisation | Phönizier, Punier | Punische Kriege | Punische Kriege | Pyrenäenhalbinsel | Wein | Straßen (älteste, phönik. Namensform Gdr, “Mauer”, “Burg”, “Festung”, vgl. Avien. 85, 267, 269, dazu [1. I 119; 3. 101f.], griech. Γάδειρα, lat. Gades, h. Cádiz). Das Gründungsdatum hängt mit der Frage nach der Gründung von Utica und Karthago zusammen und ist nach lit. Quellen um 1100 v.Chr. anzusetzen (Vell. 1,2; Iust. 44,5,2; Mela 3,46; Plin. n…

Abdera

(317 words)

Author(s): von Bredow, Iris (Bietigheim-Bissingen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] [1] Stadt auf Kap Bulustra Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Attischer Seebund | Kolonisation | Makedonia, Makedones | Moesi, Moesia | Peloponnesischer Krieg | Pergamon | Perserkriege | Pompeius | Punische Kriege | Thrakes, Thrake, Thraci Stadt auf Kap Bulustra, 16 km nordöstl. der Nestamündung in die Ägäis, 656 v. Chr. vom ion. Klazomenai gegründet und befestigt, Anf. des 6. Jh. v. Chr. von Thrakern zerstört. Archa. Gräber sind arch. nachgewiesen. Im Süden von A. wurde vom ion. Teos aus 545 v. Chr. ei…

Maske

(1,522 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] I. Phönizien Gesichts-M. und Kopfprotomen (ggf. den Hals- oder Schulterabschnitt einbeziehende, abgekürzte Bilder des Menschen) sind eine seit dem 9./8. Jh.v.Chr. häufige Denkmälergattung in der phöniz.-pun. Welt. Sie ist von der Levante (hier bis in das 2. Jt. zurückreichend, u.a. in Tall Qāṣila, sonst aus Tyros, Amrīt, Akhzib, Hazor, Sarepta usw.) über Zypern, Karthago, Sizilien (Motye), Sardinien und Ibiza bis in den Fernen Westen (Cadiz) verbreitet. Die M. (mit Augen- und Mund…

Grabbauten

(4,568 words)

Author(s): Kammerer-Grothaus, Helke (Bremen) | Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) | Hauser, Stefan R. (Berlin) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Naso, Alessandro (Udine) | Et al.
[English version] I. Definition G. sind architektonisch gestaltete Anlagen, die zum Zweck der Bestattung über dem zeitgenössischen Erdniveau errichtet wurden. Im Gegensatz dazu haben die unterirdischen Hypogäen Räume für den Toten- und Heroenkult; Columbarien können beide Formen miteinander verbinden. Hypogäen mit ebenerdigem Kultraum beeinflußten in der frühchristl. Baukunst die Martyrien über Gräbern. Zu weiteren Aspekten des G. vgl. auch Hypogaeum; Maussolleion; Nekropolen. Kammerer-Grothaus, Helke (Bremen) II. Ägypten und Vorderer Orient [English version] A. Ägy…

Greif

(203 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Ein aus Raubvogelkopf und Löwenkörper zusammengesetztes, meist geflügeltes Mischwesen, vermutlich im frühen Elam konzipiert und ins prädynastische Ägypten gelangt, wo es sich selbständig weiterentwickelte. Im 1. Viertel des 2. Jt. verbreitete sich der unter ägypt. Einfluß entstandene altsyr. G. (Charakteristikum: Nackenlocke) nach Anatolien und in die Ägäis; der seit mittelmino. II/III-Zeit in Kreta heimische G. wurde dem mino. Stil angepaßt. Neuassyr. und -babylon. Darstellungen…

Bou Kornein

(95 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Das ca. 550 m hohe Bergmassiv über dem Ostufer der Bucht von Tunis trägt zw. seinen beiden charakteristischen Gipfeln (Verg. Aen. 1,162f. vastae rupes geminique minantur [1]) ein bed. Heiligtum aus der röm. Kaiserzeit, jedoch von pun. Tradition, für Saturnus Balcaranensis (pun. Baal Qarnēm, “Baal der zwei Hörner”). Geweiht wurden Bildstelen (ca. 600 erhalten), die hauptsächlich zwei stilistisch unterschiedlichen Gruppen angehören: volkstümlich-“neo-punisch” mit Symbolbildern bzw. konventionell-röm. mit Opferszenen. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) B…

Lix

(355 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] [1] Stadt in der Mauretania Tingitana Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Coloniae | Kolonisation | Phönizier, Punier (phöniz. Lkš; Líxos). Huß, Werner (Bamberg) [English version] A. Allgemein Phöniz. Gründung in der späteren Mauretania Tingitana, etwa 120 km südsüdwestl. von Ceuta, in der Nähe des h. Larache [1. 31f.]. Belege: Ps.-Skyl. 112 (Λίγξ); Strab. 17,3,2 (Λύγξ, Λίξος), 17,3,3 und 3,6 (Λύγξ); 17,3,8 (Λίξος, Λύγξ); Ptol. 4,1,13; 8,13,5 (Λίξ); Itin. Anton. 7,4 ( Lix colonia); Solin. 24,3 ( Lix colonia); Iulius Honorius, Cosmographia A 47 ( Lix…

Melite

(683 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Lohmann, Hans (Bochum) | Strauch, Daniel (Berlin) | Kalcyk, Hansjörg (Petershausen) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
(Μελίτη). [English version] [1] Okeanide Okeanide, Gespielin Persephones (Hom. h. 2, 419). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [2] Nereide Nereide (Hom. Il. 18,42; Hes. theog. 247; Verg. Aen. 5,825). Auf att. Vasen ist sie beim Kampf zwischen Peleus und Thetis zugegen [1]. Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [3] Naiade Naiade (Nymphen), Tochter des Flußgottes Aigaios. Als Herakles ins Land der Phaiaken kommt, um sich vom Mord an seinen Kindern zu entsühnen, zeugt er dort mit M. den Sohn Hyllos [2] (Apoll. Rhod. 4,537ff.). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [4] Geliebte des H…

Rachgoun

(75 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Die der Mündung des Wādī Tafna (lat. Siga) in West-Algerien vorgelagerte kleine Insel R. trägt die ausgedehnte Nekropole der mauretanisch-punischen Stadt Siga sowie, an der Südseite, eine kleine pun. Kaufmanns-Siedlung des 7.-5. Jh. v. Chr.; nach den Funden bestanden bes. enge Verbindungen zu den phöniz. Faktoreien an der span. Südküste. Syphax Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography S. Lancel, É. Lipiński, s. v. R., DCPP, 369  G. Vuillemot, Reconnaissances aux Échelles puniques d'Oranie, 1965.

Grabmalerei

(648 words)

Author(s): Hoesch, Nicola (München) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Innere oder äußere Bemalung einer aus Stein gebauten oder aus dem Fels gehöhlten Grabarchitektur gab es in der Ant. im ganzen Mittelmeerraum, dazu Darstellungen auf Holz- oder Steinstelen; selten wurden Sarkophage selbst zum Träger von Malerei. Allen Landschaften und Epochen sind spezielle Bildprogramme eigen, die je nach Forschungsstand gegenständlich oder symbolisch, diesseits- oder jenseitsbezogen interpretiert wurden. Wegen der Vergänglichkeit der Gattung ist vieles bereits v…

Cirta

(396 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Afrika | Afrika | Christentum | Coloniae | Handel | Limes | Limes | Punische Kriege | Roma | Roma | Theater | Straßen (Cirta Regia, pun. Krtn). Numidische Gründung über dem Fluß Ampsaga [1. 72 Anm. 141], h. Constantine. Spätestens im 3. Jh.v.Chr. geriet C. unter pun. Einfluß [2; 3], war Hauptstadt zunächst des Gaia, dann des Syphax und schließlich des Massinissa und seiner Nachfolger (Liv. 29,32,14; 30,12,3-22; Strab. 17,3,7; 13; Mela 1,30; App. Lib. 27,111f.; Oros. 4,18,21; Zon. 9,13). Nach dem Fall Karthagos nahm C…

Karthago

(1,669 words)

Author(s): Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Leisten, Thomas (Princeton) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Afrika | Afrika | Caesar | Christentum | Coloniae | Etrusci, Etruria | Handel | Kolonisation | Limes | Limes | Pertinax | Phönizier, Punier | Pilgerschaft | Punische Kriege | Punische Kriege | Roma | Roma | Theater | Wein | Straßen (phoinik. Qrt-ḥdšt, “neue Stadt”; griech. Καρχηδών/ Karchēdṓn, lat. Carthago). I. Historischer Überblick [English version] A. Von der phönizischen Gründung bis zur römischen Kolonie Nach dem Bericht des Timaios (FGrH 566 F 60) wurde K. im J. 814/3 oder 813/2 v.Chr. - an der Stelle des h. Vor…

Grotta Regina

(55 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Seit vorgesch. Zeit genutzte Kulthöhle im NO-Hang des Monte Gallo bei Palermo (ca. 180 m ü.M.). Nach pun. Inschriften und Malereien (5.-1. Jh. v.Chr., u.a. Tinnitzeichen) an den Wänden wurden hier Unterwelts- und Fruchtbarkeitsgötter verehrt. Tinnit Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography G.Coacci Polselli, M.G. Guzzo Amadasi, V. Tusa, Grotta Regina - II, 1979.

Cannita, Pizzo

(33 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Phöniz.-pun. Niederlassung ca. 10 km östl. von Palermo, durch den Zufallsfund (1695 bzw. 1725) von zwei anthropoïden Sarkophagen und Oberflächenfunde bekannt. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. C., 88.
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