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Cassander

(933 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Κάσσανδρος; Kássandros). Son of  Antipater [1], born before 353 BC (Ath. 1,18a), sent by his father in 324 in his place to  Alexander [4] in Babylon but was mistreated by the king, which caused lifelong hatred (Plut. Alexander 74). The slander spread by the circle around  Olympias that C. and his brother  Iolaus [3] poisoned Alexander is repeated in several sources and also in the  Alexander Romance (however, see Arr. Anab. 7,27; Plut. Alexander 74). After Alexander's death (323) …

Basilikoi paides

(197 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (βασιλικοὶ παῖδες; basilikoì paîdes). Lat. pueri regii, pages of the Macedonian king: boys recruited from aristocracy as hostages and as a ‘nursery for army leaders and officers’ (Curt. 8,6,6).  Alexander [4] kept more than 50 of them. They accompanied and guarded the king, rendered personal services, and were kept under strict discipline (Curt. 8,6,2-6), hence the Greeks often referred to them as slaves. It is not certain whether the older ones fought at the king's side.  Philippus II …

Abisares

(184 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Indian prince named after his tribe (the Abhisari), who was allied with  Poros. His territory reached from the southern chain of the Karakorum to Kashmir in the east and Hazera (near Rawalpindi) in the west. He supported the resistance to  Alexander [4] in Swat (Arr. Anab. 4,27,7; 30,7), but then sent him presents at Taxila (loc. cit. 5,8,3; in Curt. 8,13,1 false: homage). He was absent from the battle of the Hydaspes ( Hydaspes) even though it was expected that he would support P…

Sibyrtius

(148 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Σιβύρτιος; Sibýrtios). Friend of Peucestas [2]. He was installed as satrap of Carmania by Alexander [4] in 325 BC, but was soon redeployed to Gedrosia with Arachosia and Oreitae (Arr. Anab. 6,27,1) and was confirmed in office by Perdiccas [4] and Antipater [1]; after 323, however, only Arachosia is mentioned (Diod. 18,3,3; Arr. FGrH 156 F 9,36). He allied himself to Eumenes [1] (Diod. 19,14,6), but had to flee when the latter accused him of high treason (Diod. 19,23,4; 19,27,4). A…

Phila

(220 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Φίλα; Phíla). [German version] [1] One of the wives of Philip [4] II. According to Satyrus in Ath. 13,557c, one of the wives of Philippus [4] II, sister of Derdas [3] and Machatas [1]. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) [German version] [2] Wife of Alexander [7] Oldest daughter of Antipater [1] and probably the wife of Alexander [7], born therefore around 355 BC. She later married Balacrus [1] and, in 322 BC, Craterus [1] by whom she had a son Craterus [2]. In 321/320 BC her father married her to Demetrius [2], the father of her children Antig…

Pharnuches

(127 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Φαρνούχης; Pharnoúchēs), a Lycian interpreter (though, as his name shows, from a Persian colonist family), was assigned in 329 BC by Alexander [4]  the Great to a task force under the leadership of three hetaíroi that was to relieve the fortress of Marakanda from siege by Spitamenes. By means of the incompetence of the officers the troops were almost completely annihilated. It is impossible that a P. had three hetaíroi under his command (as Arr. Anab. 4,3,7 reports on the authority of Ptolemaeus and Aristobulus [7]): it is certain that he was, as …

Leonnatus

(276 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Λεόννατος; Leónnatos). L., who was born around 356 BC to the royal house of Lyncestis ( Lyncus), may have been the son of a certain Anteas. In 336 he took part in the prosecution of the murderer of Philippus II. As one of his hetairoi, L. was sent by Alexander [4] the Great with a message of solace to the family of Darius [3] (Arr. Anab. 2,12,5; also Curt.; Diod. Sic.). Appointed to the somatophylakes (‘bodyguards’) (Arr. Anab. 3,5,5), L. took part in the coup against Philotas (Curt. 6,8,17) and attempted to prevent the killing of Cleitus [6]. L. confounded the plan to introduce pr…

Mylleas

(46 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Μυλλέας; Mylléas). Son of  Zoilus from Beroea [1]. In 326 BC he was one of the trierarchs of  Alexander  [4] the Great's Indus fleet (Arr. Ind. 18,6). M.'s son Alexander was granted citizenship in Athens  (IG II/III2 710). Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)

Dropides

(91 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Δρωπίδης; Drōpídēs). From an aristocratic Athenian family (an ancestor with the same name was an archon in 645/4 BC and related to  Solon); according to Curtius 3,13,15, he was one of the three Athenian emissaries to  Darius [3] captured by  Parmenion after the battle of  Issus (in 333). The account in Arrian An. 3,24,4, needs to be corrected in some details where it deviates from Curtius [1. 1, 233f.] but reports credibly that  Alexander [4] had him arrested. His fate is unknown. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography 1 Bosworth, Commentary.

Argeads

(188 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] First Macedonian royal house, emerged into history under  Amyntas [1], ruled the Macedonian coastal plain from Aegae around 510 BC. Amyntas submitted to Darius and was rewarded with territorial expansion and connections to the  Achaemenids. His son  Alexander [2] remained loyal to  Xerxes during the invasion of Greece but established contacts with the Greeks and in the end was on the side of the victors. His claim to be descended from the  Temenidae (Argos) was based on legend and…

Deditio

(298 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Deditio in potestatem or ─ with a similar meaning ─ deditio in fidem (Pol. 20,9,10-12),was an autonomous state's, nominally, always voluntary surrender of sovereignty to Rome. It was the precondition for the peaceful end of war, and in peace for securing the protection of Rome. After formal acceptance of deditio by the Senate or an appropriately authorized (pro-)magistrate with imperium the surrendered community ceased to exist. Its citizens, gods and possessions became the property of Rome, and Rome could deal with them as it thought fit…

Abdalonymus

(57 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] Impoverished offspring of a king of  Sidon, put in the place of Straton as city-king by  Alexander [4] and outfitted richly. Embellished in Curt. 4,2,15-26 and Diod. Sic. 17,47 as a philosophical novella. He is probably the person for whom the  Alexander Sarcophagus was made. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve II no. 1.

Spitamenes

(197 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[German version] (Σπιταμένης/ Spitaménēs). Prince in Sogdiana, father of Apama [1] (Arr. Anab. 7,4,6), remained loyal to Bessus after the death of Darius [3] until he despaired of him and in 329 BC, in concert with Dataphernes, handed him over to Alexander [4] (thus Aristobulus [7]; Ptolemaeus [1] wrote himself into the action: Arr.  Anab. 3,30). After Alexander's departure S. triggered a partisan war, supported by Bactrian princes and Sacae tribes, who also give him sanctuary. After a temporary oc…

Basilikoi paides

(178 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (βασιλικοὶ παῖδες). Lat. pueri regii, Pagen des maked. Königs: Knaben, die er sowohl als Geiseln wie auch als “Pflanzschule für Heerführer und Offiziere” (Curt. 8,6,6) aus der Aristokratie rekrutierte. Unter Alexandros [4] waren es über 50; sie begleiteten und bewachten den König, leisteten ihm persönliche Dienste und standen unter strenger Hauszucht (Curt. 8,6,2-6), weshalb Griechen sie oft als Sklaven bezeichneten. Ob die älteren an der Seite des Königs kämpften, ist nicht sicher. …

Pythionike

(93 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Πυθιονίκη). Berühmte, wahrscheinlich athenische Hetäre ( hetaírai ), von Komikern verspottet (Athen. 8,339). Sie wurde ca. 329 v. Chr. von Harpalos nach Babylon berufen, wo sie ihm eine Tochter gebar (Plut. Phokion 22,1) und von ihm mit erbeuteten Schätzen überschüttet wurde (Diod. 17, 108,5). Nach ihrem Tod ließ Harpalos sie als Aphrodite P. vergotten. Ihre Grabmäler in Babylon und Athen werden oft (meistens mit Entrüstung) erwähnt (so Athen. 13,594d-595c; Paus. 1,37,5; Plut. Phokion 22, 1-2). Sie kosteten angeblich über 200 Talente (Theop. bei Athen. l.c.). Ba…

Peithon

(305 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
(Πείθων). [English version] [1] Indogriech. Satrap P., Sohn des Agenor, wurde von Alexandros [4] d.Gr. 325 v.Chr. als Satrap der Küste Indiens und Ufer des Indos bis zur Mündung des Arkesines eingesetzt. Er nahm Musikanos gefangen und führte ihn zum König, bemannte die neuen Festungen am linken Indosufer und traf mit Alexandros bei Papala zusammen. Als Alexandros 323 den Großteil Indiens aufgeben mußte, versetzte er P. nach Gandhara (Gandaritis), was ihm von Perdikkas [4] und nach der Schlacht von Tri…

Bukephalos, Bukephalas

(101 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Βουκεφάλας). Thessalisches Streitroß, das Alexandros [4] als Knabe zum Geschenk bekam und angeblich als einziger zuzureiten vermochte. Er ritt nie ein anderes und es ist mit ihm auf dem Alexandermosaik und am Alexandersarkophag heroisch dargestellt. B. starb in hohem Alter nach der Schlacht am Hydaspes und Alexandros gründete ihm zu Ehren eine Stadt, Bukephala. In der “Vulgata” (Alexanderhistoriker) und im Alexanderroman werden das Leben und der Tod von B. reichlich ausgeschmückt. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography A.R. Anderson, Bucephalas and h…

Gorgos

(108 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Γόργος). G. von Iasos setzte sich 324 v.Chr. als “Waffenhüter” ( hoplophýlax, ὁπλοφύλαξ) bei Alexandros [4] d.Gr. für die von den Athenern vertriebenen Samier ein und versuchte, Alexandros zu einem Feldzug gegen Athen zu bewegen (Athen. 12,538b). Nach dessen Tod ordnete er an, Iasos solle die dort wohnenden Samier auf Kosten der Stadt zurückkehren lassen. Die neu konstituierte Gemeinde von Samos ehrte ihn und seinen Bruder Minnion für ihre Verdienste u.a. mit dem Bürgerrecht (Syll.3 312). Bei Alexandros hatten die Brüder für Iasos den Besitz eines Bin…

Kyn(n)ane

(73 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Κυν(ν)άνη). Tochter von Philippos II. und einer Illyrerin, geb. um 357 v.Chr. Kriegerisch erzogen, soll sie an Philippos' Schlachten teilgenommen haben. 338/7 wurde K. mit Amyntas [4] vermählt und gebar Eurydike [3], mit der sie nach Amyntas' Tod in Makedonien lebte. 322 geleitete K. Eurydike mit einem Heer als Braut für Arridaios [4] nach Asien. K. wurde von Alketas [4] ermordet und von Kassandros königlich bestattet. Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) Bibliography Berve, Nr. 456.

Myllenas

(54 words)

Author(s): Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
[English version] (Μυλλένας). Schreiber von Alexandros [4] d.Gr., sollte Leichtbewaffnete auf Umwegen auf den Gipfel des Aornos [2] führen (Curt. 8,11,5: Mullinus). Das Unternehmen schlug fehl. Er ist wohl der Makedone M., Sohn des Asandros, dem in Eretria die proxenía mit Vorrechten verliehen wurde (IG XII 9, 197). Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA)
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