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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…

Gannascus

(97 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] A Canninefate, who deserted from Roman service and together with the Chauci laid waste to Lower Germania and the Gallic bank of the Rhine after the death of  Sanquinius Maximus, the governor of Lower Germania, in AD 47. The new governor  Domitius [II 11] Corbulo drove G. away and restored order. When he had G. murdered by a ruse, unrest again broke out among the Chauci, causing Claudius to pull the advance troops back to the west bank of the Rhine (Tac. Ann. 11,18f.). PIR2 G 73. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)

Dengizich

(96 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] (Dintzic, Greek Δεγγιζίχ, Δινζίριχος; Dengizích, Dinzírichos). Son of Attila, king of the Huns; after the latter's death D. assembled an army from the elements of the Hun empire that were still under his control, to fight the Goths. He was, however, defeated at Bassianae (Pannonia) by the Goths (probably after AD 456/57, Iord. Get. 272f.). He later conducted several wars against the Romans but was killed in 469 by the mag. mil. per Thracias Anagestes (Prisc. fr. 36 [FHG 4,107f.]; Chron. pasch. 323d Dindorf). PLRE 354f. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Boch…

Eparchia

(184 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] (ἐπαρχία; eparchía). Territorial administrative unit in Hellenistic states. In the Seleucid kingdom, Antiochus [5] III especially supported the setting up of smaller provinces in order to prevent power concentrations in the areas of individual satraps, as for example  Molon (222 BC). Polybius describes their head, who evidently had military and civil power, as éparchos or stratēgós (Pol. 5,46,7; 48,14); however his terminology is misleading since from the middle of the 2nd cent. BC on, eparchia started taking on the meaning of Lat . provincia (cf. SIG3 683,55 and …

Fravitta

(133 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] (Fravitus). Tervingian army commander in the service of Rome, married to a Roman woman. In support of maintaining the Roman alliance with the Goths of AD 382, he killed Eriulf in 391 at the court of Theodosius I (Zos. 4,56,1-3; Eunapius fr. 60 FHG 4,41). In about 400 as the magister militum on behalf of Arcadius he prevented Gaenas from crossing the Hellespont (Zos. 5,20-21; Sozom. Hist. eccl. 8,4,19-21) and was rewarded for it in 401 with the consulate (Eunapius fr. 82 FHG 4,50). Around 403/4, however, he was accused of allowing …

Metropolis

(1,797 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Strauch, Daniel (Berlin) | Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim) | Meriç, Recep (Izmir) | Et al.
(μητρόπολις/ mētrópolis, literally ‘mother city’). [German version] [1] Mother city of colonies in the era of the ‘Great’ Colonisation (c. 750-500 BC) Since the so-called Great Colonisation (c. 750-500 BC, Colonization IV, cf. the overview there), in numerous Greek communities an oikistḗs (‘founder’) and further ápoikoi (‘settlers’, ‘colonists’) were selected from the citizenry of the future metropolis as starting point for a colonisation enterprise (or they left on their own initiative) and entrusted with the establishment of an apoikía outside the …

Zosimus

(1,744 words)

Author(s): Albiani, Maria Grazia (Bologna) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome) | Baumbach, Manuel (Zürich) | Wermelinger, Otto (Fribourg) | Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Et al.
(Ζώσιμος; Zṓsimos). [German version] [1] Of Thasos, epigrammatist, probably between 150 BC and AD 50 Z. of Thasos. Greek epigrammatist, whose works are probably to be dated between 150 BC and AD 50: three (Anth. Pal 6,183-185; 6,15 is also ascribed to him, alternatively to Antipater [8] of Sidon) are variations on the theme of 'dedication to Pan' from the view of a hunter, a bird catcher and a fisherman (cf. Satyrius). Another deals with the unusual theme of a shield saving its owner who uses it as a raft (Anth. Pal. 9,40, cf. Diocles [10]). Albiani, Maria Grazia (Bologna) Bibliography FGE 104-…

Demaratus

(514 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum) | Kinzl, Konrad (Peterborough) | Decker, Wolfgang (Cologne) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) | Et al.
(Δημάρατος; Dēmáratos). [German version] [1] Corinthian aristocrat 7th cent. BC Corinthian aristocrat, member of the  Bacchiadae family. D. made his fortune as a merchant around the middle of the 7th cent. BC, mainly through trade with Etruria. When he had to leave Corinth during the rule of  Cypselus he settled in Tarquinii with his followers and married an Etruscan aristocrat. According to ancient tradition the marriage produced two sons, one of whom became the first Etruscan king of Rome,  Tarquinius P…

Anaxibius

(75 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] Spartan nauarchos in Byzantium, when in 400 BC the remains of the army of the younger Cyrus entered Bithynia. Recalled from there in 400/399, A. was sent as harmost to Abydus in 389 to secure the Spartan position in the northern Aegean against Athens, but he fell in 388 in a battle against the Athenians under Iphicrates (Xen. An. 5,1,4; 6,1,16; 7,1.2; Diod. Sic. 14,30,4; Xen. Hell. 4,8,32 ff.). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Epigraphy

(47 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] Epigraphy, from Greek ἐπιγράφειν ( epigráphein, ‘to write on something’). The term refers to ancient texts that were documented on various, mostly permanent materials (stone, bronze, etc.), as well as to the respective sub-discipline of archaeology.  Inscriptions; Epigraphy Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)

Chirisophus

(237 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome)
(Χειρίσοφος; Cheirísophos). [German version] [1] Spartan commander under Cyrus Spartiate; on the instructions of his polis, at Issus in 401 BC he joined the army of the younger  Cyrus with 700 hoplites (Xen. An. 1,4,3; Diod. Sic. 14,19,4f.); after Cyrus' death at Cunaxa C. was sent by  Clearchus to Ariaeus, to offer him the Persian throne (Xen. An. 2,1,4f.). After Clearchus had been imprisoned and put to death, C. received supreme command of the entire remaining army (Diod. Sic. 14,27,1), and led the ret…

Gentunis

(51 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[English version] (Genzon). Sohn des Geisericus, Bruder des Hunericus, Vater von Gunthamundus, Gelaridus und Thrasamund (Prok. BV 1,5,11; 8,6-8; 9,6). Er war 468 n.Chr. an der Seeschlacht gegen Basiliskos beteiligt (Prok. BV 1,6,24) und starb 477 vor seinem Vater. PLRE 2,502-503 (Genton 1). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)

Aristokrates

(439 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg)
[English version] [1] Legendärer König des arkadischen Orchomenos (2.H. 7. Jh. v. Chr.) Legendärer König des arkadischen Orchomenos (Apollod. FGrH 244 F 334; nach Paus. 4,17,2; 8,5,13 König von Trapezus) z.Z. des 2. Messenischen Krieges (2. H. 7. Jh. v. Chr.), nach Diog. Laert. 1,94 mit seinem Sohn Herrscher über fast ganz Arkadien. A. soll als Anführer der Arkader mehrfach die verbündeten Messenier unter Aristomenes an Sparta verraten haben (Paus. 4,17,2-8; 22,1-6) und dafür zuletzt von den eigenen Leuten gesteinigt worden sein (Paus. 4,22,7). Ka…

Gannascus

(83 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[English version] Ein Canninefate, der aus röm. Dienst desertierte und nach dem Tod des niedergerman. Statthalters Sanquinius Maximus 47 n.Chr. mit den Chauken Niedergermanien und die gallischen Rheinufer verheerte. Der neue Statthalter Domitius [II 11] Corbulo vertrieb G. und stellte die Ruhe wieder her; als er G. durch List ermorden ließ, gerieten die Chauken erneut in Aufruhr, was Claudius zur Rücknahme der vorgeschobenen Truppen auf das westliche Rheinufer veranlaßte (Tac. ann. 11,18f.). PIR2 G 73. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)

Eurysthenes

(167 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Εὐρυσθένης). [English version] [1] Legendärer spartanischer König, Nachfahr des Herakles Legendärer spartanischer König, nach der Überlieferung Sohn des Aristodemos, eines Nachfahren des Herakles. E. galt als Stammvater der Agiaden (Hdt. 4,147; 6,52; 7,204; Cic. div. 2,90). Hellanikos (FGrH 4 F 116) macht ihn mit seinem Bruder Prokles, dem Ahnherrn der Eurypontiden, zum Stifter der spartanischen Verfassung; Ephoros schreibt ihm die Aufteilung der lakedaimonischen Siedlungsbezirke zu (FGrH 70 F 117). Dera…

Carrinas

(351 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Will, Wolfgang (Bonn)
Röm. Gentilname, vermutlich etr. Herkunft (griech. auch Καρείνας, Καρρείνας), seit dem 1.Jh. v.Chr. sicher belegt (ThlL, Onom. 2,209f.). I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] C., C. Militär unter Marius Marianer, im Bürgerkrieg 83 v.Chr. gegen Pompeius nach Picenum gesandt (Plut. Pompeius 7); als praetor 82 wurde er in Ober- und Mittel-It. mehrfach geschlagen. Nach der Flucht des Konsuls Cn. Papirius Carbo nach Afrika vereinigten die verbliebenen Heerführer der Marianer ihre Truppen mit den Samniten, zogen gegen Rom und wurden a…

Godigiselus

(97 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[English version] König der vandalischen Hasdingen um 400 n.Chr., Vater des Gundericus und des Geisericus. Unter G. zogen die Hasdingen von Pannonien über Vindelicien und Noricum in das Rhein-Neckar-Gebiet, wo G. 406 gegen Franken fiel, die die röm. Rheingrenze verteidigten (Greg. Tur. Franc. 2,9); irrtümlich berichten Prokop (BV 3,3,2; 22f.) und Theophanes (5931; 6026), G. habe die Hasdingen nach Spanien geführt. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Strothmann, Meret (Bochum) Bibliography PLRE 2, 515f. F. Clover, The Late Roman West and the Vandals, 1993 Chr. Courtois, Les vandales et …

Hildericus, Hilderich

(124 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] Sohn des Hunericus und der Eudokia [2], der Tochter Valentinians III. (Theoph. 5964; 6026), König der Vandalen 523-530 n.Chr. H. beendete die katholikenfeindliche Politik seiner Vorgänger und suchte die Annäherung an Byzanz (er prägte Münzen mit dem Bild des Iustinus I. [1. 94]), während sich das Verhältnis zu den Ostgoten erheblich verschlechterte. Die vandalische Opposition unter Führung des Gelimer nutzte daher eine Niederlage der Truppen H.' gegen Araber in der Byzacena, um i…

Eudokia

(405 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
(Εὐδοκία). [English version] [1] Aelia E. Urspr. Name Athenais. Stammte aus einem traditionalistischen Milieu Athens (ihr Vater war der Rhetor Leontius) und erwarb eine glänzende Bildung. Angeblich auf Betreiben Pulcherias am 7.6.421 mit Theodosius II. verheiratet; zu diesem Zweck wurde sie getauft und mit dem Namen Aelia E. versehen. Sie galt als fromm und gewann zunehmend Einfluß auf ihren Gatten, wodurch sie Pulcheria zurückdrängte. 422 gebar sie Eudoxia [2], vor 431 Flaccilla. 423 wurde sie August…
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