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Gundicharius

(146 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Gundahar, Gundihar, Guntiar). Traditionally the son of Gibica; king of the Burgundians. In AD 411 with the king of the Alanians Goar, G. elevated the Gaulish senator  Jovinus in Mainz to the status of emperor (Olympiodorus FHG 4, 61 fr. 17). After the latter's death in 417, he entered into a   foedus with  Honorius (Chron. min. 1,467; 2,155 Mommsen), but in 435 invaded the province of Belgica I where  Aetius [2] defeated him (Sid. Apoll. Carm. 7,234f.). In 436 G., allegedly with 20,000 Burgundians, was killed in…

Anaxander

(132 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Ἀνάξανδρος; Anáxandros). [German version] [1] Spartan king at the time of the second Messenian war According to Paus. 3,3,4 and 4,15,3 Spartan king at the time of the second Messenian war, Agiad, son of Eurycrates (Hdt. 7,204). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Leader of the Thebans at  Thermopylae (480) According to Aristophanes of Boeotia (FGrH 379 F 6) leader of the Thebans at  Thermopylae (480). Cf. Hdt. 7,233, who names Leontiades in this position. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [3] Theban, mercenary commander in the Peloponnesian War Theban, 411 BC m…

Anaxandridas

(126 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Ἀναξανδρίδας; Anaxandrídas). [German version] [1] Son of the Spartan king Theopompus According to Hdt. 8,131 son of the Spartan king Theopompus, Eurypontid; his historicity is doubtful. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Spartan king around the middle of the 6th cent. BC Spartan king around the middle of the 6th cent. BC, Agiad. Under the reign of A. and of Ariston Tegea formed an alliance with Sparta. A report, according to which Aeschines, the tyrant of Sicyon, was expelled by A. and  Chilon when the latter was ephor (556…

Chersicrates

(50 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Χερσικράτης; Chersikrátēs). Corinthian; descendant of the Bacchiads (Timaeus FGrH 566 F 80). According to Str. 6,2,4 C. was left behind by  Archias, founder of Syracuse, on the way to Sicily, and settled Corcyra. The credibility of these inherently contradictory statements must be doubted. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Agasicles

(97 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Ἀγασικλῆς; Agasiklês), Ion. Hegesicles. [German version] [1] Spartan king (1st half of 6th cent. BC) Spartan king, Eurypontid, father of Ariston. During the basileia of A. and of Leon (first half of the 6th cent. BC) the Spartans suffered a defeat against Tegea (Hdt. 1,65; otherwise Paus. 3,7,6, who claims that A. did not wage any wars). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Son of Scythes (4th cent. BC) Son of Scythes, achieved Attic citizenship through bribery.  Dinarchus directed a speech against him (Dion. Hal. Dein. 10; cf. also Hyp. Eux. 3). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Othryadas

(169 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ὀθρυάδας/ Othryádas, Ὀθρυάδης/ Othryadēs). When, during their conflict over the territory of Thyreatis around 550 BC, the Argives and Spartans had agreed to hold a decisive battle with 300 selected warriors on either side, O. was the only Spartiate to survive. While the two Argive survivors were reporting the outcome in their homeland, O. robbed his fallen enemies of their weapons. Both sides claimed victory, so that a great battle did nonetheless take place, in which Sparta was vic…

Ecdicius

(97 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] Arverner aus senatorischer Familie, Sohn des Kaisers Avitus [1], Schwager des Sidonius Apollinaris, genoß eine ausgezeichnete Erziehung (in Clermont). Um 469 n.Chr. befand er sich wahrscheinlich am Hof des Anthemius [2]; wohl 471 organisierte er u.a. aus eigenen Mitteln die Verteidigung Clermonts gegen die Westgoten. Während einer Hungersnot im Burgundergebiet 473 versorgte er die (notleidende) Bevölkerung. Iulius Nepos verlieh ihm für seine Verdienste 474 den patricius-Titel und ernannte ihn wohl auch zum magister utriusque militiae (Sidon. epist. 3,3…

Lamis

(118 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] (Λάμις). Aus Megara, Anführer einer megarischen Kolonistenschar, die - wohl gemeinsam mit Siedlern aus Chalkis [1] - um 730 v.Chr. nach Sizilien zog. Dort trennten sich die Megarer von den Chalkidiern und gründeten, da diese bereits die günstigsten Plätze besetzt hatten (Naxos, Katane, Leontinoi), Trotilon. Sie folgten einer Einladung aus Leontinoi, die dortigen Sikeler (Siculi) zu vertreiben und in der Polis zu leben, wurden aber bald wieder verjagt und gründeten Thapsos (h. Mag…

Anaxandros

(122 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] [1] Spartan. König z.Z. des 2. Messenischen Krieges Nach Paus. 3,3,4 und 4,15,3 spartanischer König z.Z. des 2. Messenischen Krieges, Agiade, Sohn des Eurykrates (Hdt. 7,204). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [2] Führer der Thebaner (480 v. Chr.) Nach Aristophanes von Boiotien (FGrH 379 F 6) Führer der Thebaner bei den Thermopylai (480). Vgl. aber Hdt. 7,233, der in dieser Position Leontiades nennt. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [3] Thebaner, Söldnerführer im Peloponnesischen Krieg Thebaner, 411 v. Chr. Söldnerführer im Pelopon…

Hippokles

(49 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] (Ἱπποκλῆς). H. von Kyme auf Euboia, Oikist (“Gründer”) des ital. Kyme gemeinsam mit Megasthenes von Chalkis. Nach Strabon (5,4,4) wurde die Kolonie einvernehmlich nach der Heimat des H. benannt, sollte aber als chalkid. Gründung gelten. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Bibliography J. Bérard, La colonisation grecque, 1957, 38f.

Agias

(125 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] [1] Eleer, Bruder des Sehers Teisamenos (5. Jh. v. Chr.) Eleer, Sohn des Antiochos, erhielt auf Betreiben seines Bruders, des Sehers Teisamenos, mit diesem gemeinsam das spartanische Bürgerrecht (Hdt. 9,33; 35). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [2] Eleer, Seher in Sparta (5. Jh. v. Chr.) Eleer, Sohn des Agelochos, Enkel des Teisamenos. Als Seher soll A. dem Lysandros den Sieg bei Aigospotamoi (im J. 405) vorausgesagt haben (Paus. 3,11,5 f.). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [3] Begleiter des Aristomachos [4] II. (3. Jh. v. Chr.) Begleiter de…

Othryadas

(145 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] (Ὀθρυάδας, Ὀθρυάδης). Als sich Argiver und Spartaner um 550 v.Chr. im Konflikt um die Landschaft Thyreatis auf eine Entscheidungsschlacht zw. je 300 ausgewählten Kriegern geeinigt hatten, überlebte O. als einziger Spartiat. Während die beiden argivischen Überlebenden den Ausgang in der Heimat meldeten, raubte O. den gefallenen Feinden die Rüstungen. Beide Seiten beanspruchten den Sieg, so daß es doch zu einem großen Kampf kam, den Sparta für sich entschied. O. aber soll aus Scham…

Burebista(s)

(150 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] (Βυρεβίστας, Βοιρεβίστας). König der Daker, gründete ca. 60 v.Chr. ein zusammenhängendes Reich, das sich zeitweise von der ungarischen Tiefebene bis zu den iulischen Alpen erstreckte. Er unterwarf dabei u.a. Skordisker, Taurisker und Boier; seine Überfälle auf thrakische Gebiete im westl. Pontosgebiet führten auch zu schweren Plünderungen griech. Kolonien (u.a. Apollonias). Pompeius verhandelte mit ihm 48 um mil. Unterstützung (Syll.3 762,22-42). Caesar plante 44 einen Feldzug gegen B. (Strab 7,3,5), doch fast zugleich mit seiner Ermord…

Agesandridas

(76 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἀγησανδρίδας; Agēsandrídas) Spartan, son of Agesander, vanquished the Athenians under  Thymochares with a Peloponnesian fleet in 411 BC at Eretria, which caused Euboea (with the exception of Oreos) to secede from Athens (Thuc. 8,94 ff.). After the Spartan defeat at Cynossema (411), A. was sent with a contingent to the Hellespont, where he beat Thymochares again (Thuc. 8,107; Xen. Hell. 1,1,1). In 409/08 he was in Thrace (Xen. Hell. 1,3,17). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Herminafrid

(117 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] King of the Thuringians c. AD 507/511-531/2. Around 510 he married  Amalaberga, the niece of the king of the Ostrogoths  Theoderic the Great, and thus became involved in his policy of alliances (Anon. Vales. 12,70; Cassiod. Var. 4,1; Iord. Get. 299; Procop. Goth. 5,12,22). H. initially ruled with his brothers Baderic and Berthar. After their murder, he was sole ruler until he was overthrown by the king of the Franks  Theoderic c. 531/2. He died shortly afterwards. His territory became part of Franconia (Greg. Tur. Franc. 3,4-8; Procop. Goth. 5,13,1f.…

Hildericus, Hilderic

(135 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] Son of  Hunericus and Eudocia [2], the daughter of Valentinian III (Theoph. 5964; 6026), king of the Vandals in AD 523-530 who ended the anti-Catholic policies of his predecessors and attempted to come closer to Byzantium (he minted coins with the image of Justin I [1. 94]), while the relationship with the East Goths deteriorated considerably. The Vandal opposition under the leadership of  Gelimer therefore took advantage of a defeat of H.'s troops against Arabs in Byzacena to dep…

Patronomos

(197 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (πατρονόμος, ‘guardian of the ancestral traditions’). Predominantly epigraphically attested title of a Spartan annual official, created in c. 227 BC by Cleomenes [6] III; the institution of this office was probably connected with the temporary abolition of the éphoroi and the limitation of the political influence of the  gerousía (Paus. 2,9,1). In the Roman period, the patronomos, attested from the 1st cent. BC as Sparta's eponymous magistrate, oversaw six sýnarchoi or synpatronómoi (cf. IG V 1,48; SEG XI 503 with [2]). The tasks of a patronomos, which were linked…

Damippus

(106 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Δάμιππος; Dámippos). Spartan in the service of Hieronymus of Syracuse to whom he gave the advice of adherence to the alliance with Rome in 215 BC (Pol. 7,5,3). Later he also served Epicydes; in 212 he was sent as envoy to Philip V of Macedonia, and in the process fell into the hands of the Romans. The negotiations for his release, in the course of which M. Claudius [I 11] Marcellus noticed a tower that was only poorly guarded by the Syracusans, ultimately led to the successful Roman attack on Epipolae (Liv. 25,23,8ff.; Plut. Marcellus 18; Polyaenus, Strat. 8,11). Meier, Mischa…

Hegesidamus

(22 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἡγησίδαμος; Hēgēsídamos). In the Suda s.v. Ἱππίας/ Hippías named as the teacher of  Hippias of Elis. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Euergetes

(325 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (εὐεργέτης; euergétēs, ‘benefactor’). An honorary title bestowed by Greek communities upon people who rendered particularly outstanding services to them. There is evidence of this term with this meaning from the 5th cent. BC (cf. Hdt. 8,136), but euergesia as an aspect of the ideal of generosity of the Greek aristocracy can be traced back to the Homeric period ( Euergetism). In Athens the work of individual citizens for the polis in the 5th cent. was still primarily regulated by  liturgies and it was expected of on…
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