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Aristagoras

(341 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀρισταγόρας; Aristagóras, Ionic Ἀρισταγόρης; Aristagórēs). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Cyzicus (end of the 6th cent. BC) Tyrant of Cyzicus, mentioned in Hdt. 4,138 because he supported the Persian king  Darius with a naval unit during his campaign against the Scythians about 513 BC [1. 87, 569]. Cobet, Justus (Essen) [German version] [2] Tyrant of Cyme (around 500 BC) Son of Heracleides, tyrant of Cyme, mentioned by Herodotes (4,138) as being important in the Aeolis along with A. [1]; he participated in the expedition against Naxos before the Ionia…

Myrsilus

(356 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Μύρσιλος; Mýrsilos). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Mytilene, c. end of the 7th cent. BC Pilloried as the ‘tyrant of Mytilene in the fragments of the lyric poet Alcaeus [4] (oldest documentary evidence for the word monarchía ), M. is therefore ranked by Strabo alongside Melanchrus and Pittacus (Str. 13,2,3). His name points to Lydia (Hdt. 1,7 and he was possibly part of the Cleanactid family (schol. to Alcaeus 112,23 Lobel-Page = Voigt). After Melanchrus' overthrow he became a tyrant and survived a conspiracy…

Myrsilos

(321 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Μύρσιλος). [English version] [1] Tyrann von Mytilene, ca. Ende des 7. Jh. v.Chr. In den Fr. des Lyrikers Alkaios [4] E. des 7. Jh. v.Chr. als “Tyrann” von Mytilene bekämpft (älteste Belege für das Wort monarchía ) und so von Strabon in eine Reihe mit Melanchros und Pittakos gestellt (Strab. 13,2,3). Der Name weist nach Lydien (Hdt. 1,7). Vielleicht gehörte er zur Familie der Kleanaktiden (schol. zu Alkaios 112,23 Lobel-Page = Voigt). Nach Melanchros' Sturz zur Tyrannis gelangt, überstand M. eine Verschwörun…

Margos

(118 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Ameling, Walter (Jena)
(Μάργος). [English version] [1] Stratege 255 v.Chr. M. aus Karyneia fiel, wohl als Nauarch des achaischen Flottenkontingents, während des illyr. Kriegs 229 v.Chr. vor Paxoi ‘nach treuen Diensten für das Koinon der Achaioi’ (Pol. 2,10). Während der Neuformierung des Bundes hatte er 275 den Tyrannen von Bura getötet und so Iseas, den Tyrannen von Karyneia, veranlaßt, zurückzutreten und seine Stadt dem Bund zuzuführen (Pol. 2,41). Vor Aratos [2] spielte er eine herausgehobene Rolle und wurde 255 als erster zum alleinigen Strategen gewählt (Pol. 2,43). Cobet, Justus (Essen) …

Aristagoras

(325 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀρισταγόρας, ion. Ἀρισταγόρης). [English version] [1] Tyrann von Kyzikos (Ende 6. Jh. v. Chr.) Tyrann von Kyzikos, bei Hdt. 4,138 erwähnt, weil er mit einem Flottenkontingent den Perserkönig Dareios beim Feldzug gegen die Skythen ca. 513 v. Chr. unterstützte [1. 87, 569]. Cobet, Justus (Essen) [English version] [2] Tyrann von Kyme (um 500 v. Chr.) Sohn des Herakleides, Tyrann von Kyme, von Herodot (4,138) neben A. [1] als bedeutend in der Aiolis genannt; er war vor Ausbruch des Ion. Aufstands 499 v. Chr. an der Expedition gegen Naxos beteiligt, wu…

Troy

(10,863 words)

Author(s): Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Pistorius, Kerstin
Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) Cobet, Justus (Essen) I. General (CT) [German version] A. Introduction (CT) Homer sets his tale of the wrath of Achilles and the battle for Troy (T.) in a memorial landscape whose reality was entirely due to the epic and the history of its reception. Troy was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998, 130 years after Heinrich Schliemann first appeared on the site (fig. 1). Whoever "henceforth" sails the Hellespont by ship will gaze at the funeral mounds of the heroes, visible from afar, as we read in the Iliad (7,85-91 with reference to Ajax) and the Ody…

Polydamas

(428 words)

Author(s): Nünlist, René (Basle) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Πολυδάμας/ Polydámas, in Homer with metrical lengthening Πουλυδάμας/ Poulydámas). [German version] [1] Trojan Trojan, son of Panthous. On the basis of his experience P. possesses an understanding of the past and the future. As an astute and level-headed counsellor he represents the pessimistic alter ego of Hector, the town’s defender, who was born on the same day as P. Nevertheless, at the decisive moment P.’ sensible advice (retreat into the town) is not taken heed of. At this occasion, his character is (n…

Thrasybulus

(1,055 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) | Schmitz, Winfried (Bielefeld)
(Θρασύβουλος/ Thrasýboulos). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Miletus [2], ca. 600 BC Prýtanis or aisymnḗtēs, then tyrant (Aristot. Pol. 1305a 16-18) of Miletus [2], at the time of its greatest prosperity around the turn of the 7th to the 6th cent. BC; a contemporary of Thales (Diog. Laert. 1,27). According to Herodotus, T. was able to end a twelve-year war against the Lydian kings Sadyattes [2] and Alyattes (Hdt. 1,17-23; Polyaenus, Strat. 6,47) by a trick (Hdt. 1,22: pretended wealth), and to persuade Alyatte…

Nicocles

(477 words)

Author(s): Högemann, Peter (Tübingen) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Matthaios, Stephanos (Cologne)
(Νικοκλῆς; Nikoklês). [German version] [1] King of Salamis on Cyprus, from 374/373 B.C. King of Salamis on Cyprus, son and, from 374/373 BC, successor of Euagoras [1] I. (Diod. Sic. 15,47,8). N. died, probably together with Strato of Sidon, in the so-called Uprising of the Satraps, the main phase of which took place c. 362-360 B.C. Although N. continued the philhellenic policies of his father (Philhellenism), Hellenistic forms of sovereignty and way of life already announced themselves in N., since Isocrates…

Cleitarchus

(457 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) | Montanari, Franco (Pisa)
(Κλείταρχος; Kleítarchos). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Eretria 343/42-341 BC Tyrant of Eretria. Even as a banned exile C. unsuccessfully attempted in 349/8 BC to seize Eretria, e.g., with the help of Philip II against an Athenian army under Phocion (Aeschin. In Ctes. 86-88 with Schol. [1. 318, n. 2]). Philip's intervention in Euboea in 343 and 342 [1. 502f., 545-549] brought C. to power (Dem. Or. 8,36; 9,57f.; 18,71; 19,87). Phocion expelled him in 341 (Philochorus FGrH 328 F 160; Diod. Sic. 16,74,1).  Tyrannis Cobet, Justus (Essen) Bibliography 1 N. G. L. Hammond, G. T. Griffith,…

Margus

(305 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Burian, Jan (Prague)
(Μάργος; Márgos). [German version] [1] Strategos 255 BC M. from Carynea, probably serving as nauarch of the Achaean fleet contingent during the Illyrian War, was killed in 229 BC near Paxos ‘after faithfully serving the koinon of the Achaeans ’(Pol. 2,10). During the reformation of the league, he killed the tyrant of Bura in 275, thus forcing Iseas, the tyrant of Carynea, to resign and to have his town join the league (Pol. 2,41). Before Aratus [2] he played a prominent part and in 255 he was the first to be elected sole strategos (Pol. 2,43). Cobet, Justus (Essen) [German version] [2] Ptolemai…

Nikokles

(442 words)

Author(s): Högemann, Peter (Tübingen) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Matthaios, Stephanos (Köln)
(Νικοκλῆς). [English version] [1] König von Salamis auf Kypros, seit 374/3 v.Chr. König von Salamis auf Kypros, Sohn und seit 374/3 v.Chr. Nachfolger des Euagoras [1] I. (Diod. 15,47,8). N. fand den Tod wohl zusammen mit Straton von Sidon im sog. Satrapenaufstand (Hauptphase ca. 362-360 v.Chr.). N. führte die philhellenische Politik (Philhellenismus) seines Vaters zwar fort, aber es kündigten sich bei N. bereits hell. Herrschafts- und Lebensformen an. Isokrates und die pólis-Griechen scheinen sein Griechentum jedenfalls als “orientalisch entartet” empfunden zu habe…

Kleitarchos

(431 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) | Montanari, Franco (Pisa)
(Κλείταρχος). [English version] [1] Tyrann von Eretria 343/42-341 v. Chr. Tyrann von Eretria. Als Verbannter hatte er wohl schon 349/8 v.Chr. erfolglos versucht, sich u.a. mit Hilfe Philipps II. gegen ein athenisches Heer unter Phokion Eretrias zu bemächtigen (Aischin. Ctes. 86-88 mit schol. [1. 318, Anm. 2]). Philipps Intervention in Euboia 343 und 342 [1. 502f., 545-549] brachte K. an die Macht (Demosth. or. 8,36; 9,57f.; 18,71; 19,87). Phokion vertrieb ihn 341 wieder (Philochoros FGrH 328 F 160; Diod. 16,74,1). Tyrannis Cobet, Justus (Essen) Bibliography 1 N.G.L. Hammond, G…

Polydamas

(359 words)

Author(s): Nünlist, René (Basel) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Πολυδάμας, bei Homer metr. gedehnt: Πουλυδάμας). [English version] [1] Troianer Troianer, Sohn des Panthus. P. verfügt aufgrund seiner Erfahrung über Einsicht in Vergangenes und Zukünftiges und repräsentiert als klug besonnener Warner das pessimistische alter ego des Stadtverteidigers Hektor, mit dem er den Geburtstag teilt. Allerdings wird P.' vernünftiger Ratschlag (Rückzug in die Stadt) im entscheidenden Moment, wo er trotz früherer Auftritte erstmals als Figur näher vorgestellt wird, in den Wind geschlagen (Hom. Il. 18,249-…

Cleonymus

(376 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) | Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum) | Cobet, Justus (Essen)
(Κλεώνυμος; Kleṓnymos). [German version] [1] Athenian politician, put two important proposals forward in 426/5 BC Athenian politician; in the year 426/5 BC he put forward two important proposals: one concerned  Methone in Thrace, the other the collection of tributes from the  Delian League (IG I3 61,32-56; 68). C. was probably a member of the council in that year. In 415 he was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of an investigation into the religious scandals ( Herms, mutilation of the; And. 1.27). Aristophanes derided him as a glutt…

Iason

(2,023 words)

Author(s): Dräger, Paul (Trier) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Wandrey, Irina (Berlin) | Meister, Klaus (Berlin) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
(Ἰάσων; lásōn). [German version] [1] Leader of the Argonauts Thessalian hero from  Iolcus, leader of the  Argonauts, participant in the Calydonian Hunt (Apollod. 1,68), son of  Aeson [1] and Polymela (Hes. Cat. 38-40; Apollod. 1,107) or  Alcimede (Pherecydes 3 F 104 FGrH; Apoll. Rhod. 1,47); brother of  Promachus (Apollod. 1,143); with  Hypsipyle, he fathered  Euneus [1] (Hom. Il. 7,468) and Nebrophonos (Apollod. 1,115), and with  Medea, he fathered Medeus (Hes. Theog. 1001),  Mermerus [3] and Pheres (Apollod. 1,146). Having been raised by  Chiron (Hes. Cat. 40), I. lives…

Polydorus

(886 words)

Author(s): Binder, Carsten (Kiel) | Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Πολύδωρος/ Polýdōros, Lat. Polydorus). [German version] [1] King of Thebes, son of Cadmus King of Thebes, son of Cadmus [1] and Harmonia (Hes. Theog. 978; Eur. Phoen. 8; Hyg. Fab. 179), husband of Nyctis who was one of Nycteus' daughters (Apollod. 3,40). According to Pausanias, P. succeeded Cadmus to the Theban throne (Paus. 9,5,3). In Euripides, on the other hand, P. is not the heir apparent - there, an aged Cadmus hands the Theban throne to his grandson Pentheus (Eur. Bacch. 43 f. and 213). Although early…

Miletus

(3,516 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Starke, Frank (Tübingen) | von Graeve, Volkmar (Bochum) | Sonnabend, Holger (Stuttgart)
(Μίλητος; Mílētos). [German version] [1] Mythical founder of the city of Miletus Mythical founder of the city of M. [2]; from Crete; son of Apollo and Areia, daughter of Cleochus whose tomb was in the sanctuary of Didyma [1. 165f.] (Apollod. 3,5f.), or of Apollo and Deione (Ov. Met. 9,443ff.) or of Apollo and Acacallis, daughter of Minos (Antoninus Liberalis 30). Minos fell in love with M., but M. fleed to Caria, establishds M. there [2] and married Eidothea; the children of their union are Byblis and Caunus [1]. According to Ephorus FGrH 70 F 127 M. was founded by Sarpedon. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bi…

Polycrates

(1,447 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Kinzl, Konrad (Peterborough) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Engels, Johannes (Cologne) | Ameling, Walter (Jena)
(Πολυκράτης; Polycrátēs). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Samos, 540-522 BC Son of Aeaces [1], tyrant of Samos c. 540-522 BC, initially together with his brothers Pantagnostus and Syloson; he killed the former and expelled the latter (Hdt. 3,39). Aristotle calls major constructions comparable to the pyramids [6] 'the works of P.' (Aristot. Pol. 1313b 24); Herodotus pinpoints three buildings on Samos as the largest among those of the Greeks: the Temple of Hera, the harbour mole and the aqueduct of the architect Eu…

Lycophron

(1,239 words)

Author(s): Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) | Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) | Narcy, Michel (Paris)
(Λυκόφρων; Lykóphrōn). [German version] [1] Younger son of Periander of Corinth The younger son of Periander of Corinth and Melissa, daughter of Procles of Epidaurus. In the war between Periander and his father-in-law, L. is sent to Cercyra and murdered there by the Cercyraeans, who presumably considered him a tyrant and successor of Periander. Legend-building in an early phase can be seen in Herodotus (3,50-53; cf. Diog. Laert. 1,94f.; Nicolaus of Damascus FGrH 90 F 60). Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) [German version] [2] Founder of the tyrannis in Pherai, c. 404/390 BC Founder of the t…
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