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Nasi

(328 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum) | Ego, Beate (Osnabrück)
[German version] I. Greece (Νᾶσοι/ Nâsoi). [German version] [I 1] Lowlands in the area of Caphyae in Arcadia Lowlands in the area of Caphyae in Arcadia (Arcadians), to the south of and below the modern village of Daras (known as Dara until 1940), with luxuriant vegetation, as the water of the upper Orchomenian Plain reemerges here in several springs forming the stream Tragus, which flows into the Ladon [2] (Paus. 8,23,2; 8). Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography 1 E. Meyer, s.v. N. (1), RE 16, 1793  Ders., Peleponnesische Wanderungen, 1939, 31f., 34, Taf. XI. Pr…

Neda

(169 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Νέδα; Néda). A river in the western Peloponnese which in historical times formed the border between Triphylia (later Elis) and Messana [2]. Although its main source is close to Hagios Sostis, it actually rises on Mt. Lycaeum, then, after a distance of 37 km, it flows into the Gulf of  Cyparissia. The N. is a raging torrent with many waterfalls which rushes through a narrow, rugged, for the most part, inaccessible valley. The fortress of Hira was situated in the mountainous region …

Asopus

(479 words)

Author(s): Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim) | Funke, Peter (Münster) | Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum)
(Ἀσωπός; Asōpós). [German version] [1] Small river, flowing to the north out of the Oete range Small river, flowing to the north out of the  Oete range. Before flowing into the plains of Heraclea and Trachis, it forms a deep gorge, passable only in summer ( c. 2.5 km in length, up to 200 m deep, with a width of 6 m at the entrance, and about 30 m at the exit). At the time of the Persian Wars, the A. still had its own delta into the sea (Hdt. 7,200), today it flows under the name of Karvunarja into the  Spercheus. In 480 BC, the Persians by…

Heraeum

(88 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Ἥραιον; Hḗraion). The outermost cape (today Cape Melangavi) of the peninsula that is formed by the foothills of the Geraneia opposite Corinth with a settlement, fort and sanctuary of Hera Akraia and Limenia (rich finds from the 9th cent. BC onwards) on a small bay on the south side of the cape (Xen. Hell. 4,5,5ff.; Xen. Ages. 2,18f.; Str. 8,6,22; Plut. Cleomenes 20,3; Liv. 32,23,10). Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography H. Payne et al. (ed.), The Sanctuaries of Hera Akraia and Limenia, 2 vols., 1940/1962.

Malea

(388 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Meyer, Ernst (Zürich) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum)
[German version] [1] South-east cape of the Peloponnese (Μαλέα ἄκρα/ Maléa ákra, Μάλεια/ Máleia, Μαλέαι/ Maléai, ἀκρωτήριον Μαλέας/ akrōtḗrion Maléas, Μαλειάων ὄρος/ Maleiáōn óros, cf. Hom. Od. 3,287; 19,187; modern Κάβο Μαλιάς, Ἅγιος Ἄγγελος). The south-east cape of the Peloponnese, feared in antiquity and in modern times, southern foothill of the Parnon (cf. the proverb passed on by Str. 8,6,20 ‘if you sail around M. forget those at home’ [1. 262ff.]). The main difficulty for ancient navigation lay in the gusty, oft…

Arachnaeum

(80 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Ἀραχναῖον; Arachmaîon). Bleak range of limestone mountains, running east to west between the plain of  Argos [II 1] and  Epidaurus; highest peak nowadays called Profitis Elias (1199 m), with altars to  Zeus and  Hera (Paus. 2,25,10). Named in Aesch. Ag. 309 as the site of the last beacon for the signals from Troy. Other names for A. (literally ‘spider mountains’) in Paus. loc. cit. (Sapyselaton) and Hsch. s. v. Hysselinon. Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography Philippson/Kirsten 3, 1, 1959,97 f.

Alpheius

(550 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) | Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
(Ἀλφειός; Alpheiós). [German version] [1] River in the Peloponnese At 110 kms it is the longest river with the largest volume of water flow of the  Peloponnese, which, with its tributaries (especially the  Ladon,  Erymanthus,  Lousius) drains a large part of  Arcadia and  Elis. The eastern spring, called A. surfaces on the valley watershed near the Eurotas (483 m above sea level at Ambelakion; possibly some tapping of the water flow). The A. has so far for the most part preserved the character of a mount…

Lusius [I]

(56 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Λούσιος; Loúsios). This northern tributary of the Alpheius [1], whose source is associated with the legend of the birth of Zeus, rises near Dimitsana. According to Paus. 8,28,2f., in its lower reaches it was called Gortynius; cf. Pol. 16,17,7. Modern Dimitsana. Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography F. Bölte, s.v. L., RE 13, 1867.

Maenalum

(242 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Meyer, Ernst (Zürich)
[German version] (Μαίναλον, Μαίναλος, Μαινάλιον; Maínalon, Maínalos, Mainálion). Limestone mountain range about 30 km long between the eastern Arcadian plain and the Helisson valley, up to 1981 m high, with extended fir woods; in modern times without a standardized name; modern Tripolis is at its southern foot. Sacred to Pan, who was called ‘Maenalian’ after it; in poets often in the genitive, hence it also means ‘Arcadian’. The mountains also appear as the hunting grounds of Atalante and Artemis. M. i…

Ossa

(232 words)

Author(s): Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Lienau, Cay (Münster)
(Ὄσσα/ Óssa). [German version] [1] Mountain range in central Greece, modern Kissavos Mountain range (1978 m) of lime and slate, divided from Olympus [1] in the north by the erosion gorge that is the Vale of Tempe and from Pelion (modern Kissavos) in the south by the Agia depression. Politically it was part of Magnesia [1]. The steep eastern slopes down to the Aegaean were uninhabited, in spite of a coastal road from Homole in the north to Meliboea [2]. On the western slopes there were Thessalian towns (Elat…

Menius

(58 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Μήνιος; Mḗnios). A small tributary of the Peneius in the territory of the city of Elis, which Hercules was said to have diverted in order to clean the stables of Augias. It cannot be identified with certainty as a tributary of the modern Revmata. Attested in Paus. 5,1,10; 6,26,1; Theoc. 25,15. Lienau, Cay (Münster)

Metope

(286 words)

Author(s): Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) | Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Meyer, Ernst (Zürich)
[German version] [1] Building panel In Greek building inscriptions μετόπιον/ metópion i.e. μετόπη/ metópē (supporting documents: [1. 29-32]), in Vitruvius metopa (cf. [2]) is the opening or gap, which in Greek columned buildings is framed by two triglyphs ( triglyphos) in a Doric Frieze. In wooden buildings metopes were openings next to the projecting beam ends that were finished as carved triglyphs and probably served to ventilate the roof truss. The space between the triglyphs was already closed up in early Greek…

Macaria

(197 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) | Lohmann, Hans (Bochum) | Meyer, Ernst (Zürich) | Lienau, Cay (Münster)
(Μακαρία; Makaría). [German version] [1] Daughter of Heracles and Deianira Daughter of Heracles and Deianira; sacrifices herself voluntarily in the war of the Athenians and the Heraclidae against Eurystheus to secure victory ( Human sacrifices): first referred to in this way in Eur. Heracl., but without mentioning her name; possibly already in Aeschylus or in Athenian local myth [1. XVI, XXXI-XXXIII, 111f.] Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 J. Wilkins (ed.), Euripides, Heraclidae, 1993 (introduction and commentary). [German version] [2] Spring in Tricorythus Spring in Tricor…

Issorium

(48 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[German version] (Ἰσσώριον; Issṓrion). Hill on the northern city border of Sparta, with a sanctuary to Artemis Issoria (Plut. Agesilaus 32,3; Polyaenus, Strat. 2,1,14; Nep. Agesilaus 6,2), possibly the heights known today as Klaraki. Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography F. Bölte, s.v. Sparta, RE 3A, 1350ff.

Oinus

(106 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum)
(Οἰνοῦς). [English version] [1] Linker Nebenfluß des Eurotas in Lakonia Linker Nebenfluß des Eurotas in Lakonia, h. wieder Inous (ehemals Kelphina; vgl. Pol. 2,65,7ff.; 66,7; Liv. 34,28,1). Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography F. Bölte, s.v. O. (1), RE 17, 2280f. [English version] [2] Spartanische Perioikengemeinde Spartanische Perioikengemeinde ( períoikoi ) unbekannter Lage, von Alkm. fr. 92d wegen ihres Weines genannt (dazu Athen. 1,31cd; Steph. Byz. s.v. Οἰνοῦς); Proxeniedekret von Argos für einen οινόντιος [1]. Lafond, Yves (Bochum) Bibliography 1 P. Charneux, Inscrip…

Parthenias

(37 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[English version] (Παρθενίας). Rechter Nebenfluß des Alpheios [1], entspringt an den Ausläufern der Foloi, mündet östl. von Olympia; h. Bakireïko. Belege: Strab. 8,3,32; Paus. 6,21,7. Lienau, Cay (Münster) Bibliography E. Meyer, s.v. P., RE 18.4, 1886.

Eurotas

(175 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
[English version] (Εὐρώτας, “der gut fließende”). Der 82 km lange Fluß (myth. Ableitung vom König E. bei Paus. 3,1,1f.) entspringt mit seinen Quellbächen auf der flachen Talwasserscheide zum Alpheios zw. Parnon und Taygetos in der Asea-Ebene und auf den nordwestl. Ausläufern des arkad. Parnon (unwahrscheinlich die von Paus. 8,44,4 geäußerte Annahme von unterirdischen Verbindungen des E. zum Taka-See im Quellbereich) und tritt nördl. von Sparta einer tektonischen Senke folgend (“E.-Furche”) in das …

Geraneia

(263 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster)
[English version] (Γεράνεια). V.a. aus Kalken und Dolomiten der Trias und des Unteren Jura sowie (im Westen) Ophioliten (Serpentiniten) aufgebautes Gebirge, das - über die h. Nomosgrenze zw. Attika und Korinth hinwegreichend - im Westen im Akron Melankavi (auch Akron Heraion) im Golf von Korinth ausstreicht, im Osten steil zum Golf von Megara (Teil des Saronischen Golfes), die Skironischen Klippen bildend, abfällt. Im Makriplagi an der Grenze zw. Attika und Korinth erreicht es eine H von 1351 m. I…

Enipeus

(200 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim)
(Ἐνιπεύς). [English version] [1] Rechter Nebenfluß des Alpheios [1] in Elis Rechter Nebenfluß des Alpheios [1] in Elis, auch Βαρνίχιος ( Barníchios, “Lämmerfluß”) [1], h. Lestenitsa westl. von Olympia (Strab. 8,3,32; Hom. Od. 11,238ff.). Lienau, Cay (Münster) Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) Bibliography 1 E. Curtius, Peloponnesos 2, 1852, 71f. [English version] [2] Hauptfluß der westthessal. Ebene Hauptfluß der westthessal. Ebene, h. Tsanarlis. Er entspringt im Othrys-Gebirge nahe Melitaia unter dem Namen Elipeus (IG IX 2, 205 und add.). Nach z.T. schluchtartigem La…

Pamisos

(206 words)

Author(s): Lienau, Cay (Münster) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim)
(Παμισός). [English version] [1] Hauptfluß der Landschaft Messana [2] Hauptfluß der Landschaft Messana [2], der in der obermessenischen Ebene aus drei Quellflüssen gespeist wird. In der Ant. galten die starken Quellen von Hagios Floros in der untermessenischen Ebene als Ausgangspunkt des P., weshalb der Fluß erst von hier ab P. hieß. Er ist der perennierend wasserreichste Fluß der Peloponnesos, kurz vor der Mündung mit Booten schiffbar. An den Quellen von Hagios Floros lag ein Heiligtum des P. mit einem …
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