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Propontis

(364 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] (Προποντίς; Propontís). A sea between the Pontos Euxeinos (Black Sea) in the northeast (Bosporus [1]) and the Aigaion Pelagos (Aegean) in the southwest (Hellespontus), between Thrace in the north and Mysia in the south, greatest length (from Callipolis to Nicomedia) 252 km, greatest breadth 74 km, modern Sea of Marmara. The P. was brought into existence by an early quaternary rift. The largest part of the area of the sea ( c. 11,500 km2) is formed by an area of land lowered 200 m, on which the islands perch (cf. the list of the islands in Plin. HN 5…

Portus

(1,551 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Et al.
[German version] [1] Artificially extended harbour complex near Ostia This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre An artificial harbour complex, created under the emperor Claudius (AD 41-54) to extend the harbour of Ostia (with plan) and enlarged under Trajan (AD 98-117), c. 3 km northwest of Ostia. The Claudian harbour basin ( c. 80 hectares) was protected from the sea by a mole structure (but not actually safe; in AD 62 almost 200 ships went down in a storm: Tac. Ann. 15,18) and marked by a lighthouse (cf. plan: 1) (according to Suet. C…

Climate, Environmental change

(804 words)

Author(s): Brentjes, Burchard (Berlin) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] I. General points Climate is the sum of the weather phenomena occurring in a given region over longer periods of time. In combination with the nature of the soil, the water resources and other natural conditions it determines the possibility of human existence. Natural irregularities lead to differences in the energy radiation on to the earth's surface, the circulation of air masses and therefore the distribution of moisture. Changes affect in particular those areas on the limits of …

Sabelli

(64 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] S. is not, as Strabo's source ( cf.  Str. 5,4,12) implies, a diminutive of Sabini , but is derived from the same root as Samnites , and from the time of Varro onwards is a term for them. For the modern linguistic use of S., see Oscan-Umbrian. Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) Bibliography E. T. Salmon, Samnium and the Samnites, 1967.

Pylae

(411 words)

Author(s): Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) | Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) | Hild, Friedrich (Vienna) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] [1] Pylae Gadeirides The Straits of Gibralter (Πύλαι Γαδειρίδες; Pýlai Gadeirídes). The Straits of Gibraltar; the sound (saddle depth 286 m), which is about 60 km long and at its narrowest point 13 km wide, lies between the southern tip of the Spanish Peninsula and the continent of Africa, and between the Mediterranean (Mare nostrum) in the east and Oceanus in the west. The ancient names for the straits are based on Gades (Plin. HN 3,3; 5; 74; 4,93: Gaditanum fretum; Plut. Sertorius 8,1: Γαδειραῖος πορθμός/ Gadeiraîos porthmós), on the temple of Heracles in Gades ('…

Vesuvius

(676 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] Stratovolcano (eruptions of ash and lava), dormant in ancient times, in Campania (for the ancient forms of the name with a list of all the literary and inscriptional documentation see [6. 33 f., 128-136], modern Vesuvio. The cone-shaped mountain, today 1281 m high, sits in a caldera (Monte Somma; highest peak: Punta del Nasone at 1132 m to the north of V.), which came into being, or was expanded, when the peak of the mountain was blown off during the AD 79 eruption. After a period…

Küstenverlaufsänderungen

(387 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[English version] Der Verlauf der Küstenlinien und die Beschaffenheit der Küstenlandschaften werden durch das Zusammenspiel von eustatischen Meeresspiegelschwankungen, tektonisch bedingten Hebungs- und Senkungserscheinungen, Sedimentablagerungen der Flüsse, Materialanschwemmung von See her, von Vulkanismus und dem damit zusammenhängenden Bradyseismos (z.B. in Puteoli), von Meeresströmungen, Wind, Brandung und Gezeiten ständig verändert. Dies zu berücksichtigen, kann bei der Einschätzung bestimmter…

Portus

(1,423 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Et al.
[English version] [1] Künstl. ausgebaute Hafenanlage bei Ostia Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Theater Unter Kaiser Claudius (41-54 n. Chr.) zur Erweiterung des Hafens von Ostia (mit Plan) geschaffene, unter Traianus (98-117 n. Chr.) ausgebaute künstliche Hafenanlage ca. 3 km nordwestl. von Ostia. Das claudische Hafenbecken (ca. 80 ha) war durch eine Molenkonstruktion gegen die See geschützt (aber nicht wirklich sicher; im J. 62 n. Chr. gingen hier nahezu 200 Schiffe im Sturm unter: Tac. ann. 1…

Mons Massicus

(141 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[English version] Gebirgszug (bis 813 m) vulkanischen Ursprungs zw. Mons Mefineis (h. Roccamonfina) und Mare Tyrrhenum im Gebiet der Aurunci (Ausones) zw. Latium Adiectum und Campania (vgl. Plin. nat. 3,59f.), h. Monte Massico. Von großer strategischer Bed. (vgl. Liv. 22,14; Sil. 7,261 zum J. 217 v.Chr.); die Via Appia verlief zunächst nördl. über den Sattel zw. M.M. und Mons Mefineis, nach Gründung der colonia Sinuessa (295 v.Chr.) auf dem von hier aus kontrollierten schmalen Küstenstreifen zw. M.M. und dem Meer (Details bei [1. 215f.])…

Salpia

(250 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[English version] Stadt in Daunia (Strab. 6,3,9: Σαλαπία; Plin. nat. 3,103: Salapia; Itin. Anton. 314,7; Tab. Peut. 6,3; Geogr. Rav. 5,1; Guido, Geographia 22). Sie wurde zweimal angelegt: Zuerst dort, wo sich Überreste an der Straße von Zapponeta nach Torre Pietra finden, am Ionios Kolpos nordwestl. der Saline Margherita di Savoia am (in der Neuzeit trockengelegten) Lago di Salpi. Diese allen Gründungsmythen zum Trotz (durch Troianer, Lykophr. 1129; anders Vitr. 1,4,12, vgl. Steph. Byz. s. v. Ἐλπία; Strab…

Sabelli

(54 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[English version] S. ist nicht, wie Strabons Quelle (vgl. Strab. 5,4,12) nahelegt, ein Diminutiv von Sabini, sondern vom selben Stamm abgeleitet wie Samnites und seit Varro eine Bezeichnung für diese. Zum mod. sprachwiss. Gebrauch von S. s. Oskisch-Umbrisch. Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) Bibliography E. T. Salmon, Samnium and the Samnites, 1967.

Prokonnesos

(369 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[English version] (Προκόννησος, lat. Proconnesus). Mit ca. 130 km2 Fläche größte Insel der Propontis, ca. 10 km nordwestl. von Arktonnesos, h. Marmara Adası. Man leitete den Namen P. von πρόξ/ próx, “Hirschkuh”, ab (schol. Apoll. Rhod. 148); Plinius (nat. 5,151) nennt die Insel außerdem noch Elaphonnesos (abgeleitet von ἔλαφος/ élaphos, “Hirsch”, vgl. Ἐλαφόνησος/ Elaphónēsos, schol. l.c.) und Neuris (von νεῦρον/ neúron, “Sehne”). Das Etym. m. bietet s. v. Προικόννησος/ Proikónnēsos die Ableitung von προΐξ/ proíx, “Gabe” (sc. “des Marmors”); nach schol. Apoll. Rhod. …

Saltus Manlianus

(70 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] The narrow passage of Puerto de Morata in the Sierra de Vicor, south-west of Zaragoza, probably named after the praetor P. Manlius [I 5], who passed through there in 195 BC during the conquest of Hispania citerior under the supreme command of the consul Cato [1] (Liv. 40,39,2). Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) Bibliography Schulten, Landeskunde 1, 166  TIR K 30 Madrid, 1993, 146 f.

Mons Taburnus

(62 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] Massif in the Appennines (highest elevation is Monte Taburno, 1394 m) in Samnium (cf. Vibius Sequester 311 Gelsomino; differently Serv. Aen. 12,715: mons Campaniae) north-west of Caudium (cf. Grattius, Cynegetica 507). The summit region and the north side are bleak and untouched, the south side is fertile; olive growing (Vib. Sequ. l.c.; Verg. Georg. 2,38). Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)

Sebethus

(82 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] River in Campania, flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea between Naples (Neapolis [2]) and Herculaneum ( Sebethos: Stat. Silv. 1,2,263; Vibius Sequester 151 R.; ΣΕΠΕΙΘΟΣ on coins from Naples: HN 40); modern Fiume della Maddalena or also Sebeto. According to a myth, S.' daughter ( Sebethis nympha: Verg. Aen. 7,734; Colum. 10,134) bore Telon a son, Oebalus [2]. An aedicula to S. is mentioned in the  inscription CIL X 1480. Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) Bibliography M. Frederiksen, Campania, 1984, 19 (edited and revised by N. Purcell).

Mountain passes

(404 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] Way from one region to another across or through a narrow place sketched out by nature (a saddle at a relatively low point of a watershed, water gap of a river flowing across a mountain chain, or between the sea and steeply rising mountains). The modern term 'pass', like the late mediaeval term littera passus (‘document of passage’), derives from the Latin passus, which in mediaeval Latin usage already had the meaning (among others) of  ‘way through or across’. Locally other terms, frequently oriented towards the character of the landscape, …

Prote

(191 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] (Πρωτή/ Prōtḗ). The only island off the western coast of Messenia apart from Sphacteria (Scyl. 45; Plin. HN 4,55; Ptol. 3,16,23; Steph. Byz. s.v. Π.; ethnicon: Πρωταῖος/ Prōtaîos), today still Proti, whose small west-facing harbour on its southern side offered north-bound seafarers protection from the Etesiai (cf. Pol. 5,5,3; 6); cf. the numerous inscriptions on the craggy eastern coast of the island with petitions for a good voyage  (IG V 1, 1533-1588; SEG 11,1005-1024a; 14,337-345; from the 6th cent. BC …

Salpia

(285 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] City in Daunia (Str. 6,3,9: Σαλαπία/ Salapía; Plin. HN 3,103: Salapia; It. Ant. 314,7; Tab. Peut. 6,3; Geogr. Rav. 5,1; Guido, Geographia 22). It was established twice; the first site was where remains are to be found on the road from Zapponeta to Torre Pietra, on the Ionios Kolpos northwest of the salterns of Margherita di Savoia on the Lago di Salpi (drained in the modern period). Despite various foundation myths (founded by Trojans, Lycoph. 1129; different account in Vitr. De arch. 1,4,12, cf. Steph. Byz. s.v. Ἐλπία; Str. 14,2,10), it was most probably a pure…

Mons Massicus

(154 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart)
[German version] Mountain range (up to 813 m) of volcanic origin between mons Mefineis (modern Roccamonfina) and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the region of the Aurunci (Ausones) between Latium Adiectum and Campania (cf. Plin. HN 3,59f.), modern Monte Massico. Of great strategic importance (cf. Liv. 22,14; Sil. 7,261 up to 217 BC); the via Appia ran first northwards over the saddle between the MM and mons Mefineis, then after the foundation of the colonia of Sinuessa (295 BC) on the narrow coastal strip, controlled from there, between the MM and the sea (details in [1. 215f.…

Pteleum

(300 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) | Funke, Peter (Münster) | Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim)
(Πτελεόν; Pteleón). [German version] [1] Place at the northern end of the bay of Erythrae Fortified place at the northern end of the bay of Erythrae [2], not located with certainty (Plin. HN 5,117; Steph. Byz. s. v. Π.). As a member of the Delian League (ATL 1,390 f.; 486; 2,82) P. was at times formally independent, but in fact it was dependent on Erythrae. P. is mentioned by Thuc. (8,24,2; 8,31,2) in connexion with the naval war in the waters around Miletus [2] and Chios in the winter of 412/1 BC (Peloponnesian War). Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) Bibliography J. Keil, P.…
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