Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 1 : Chronologies of the Ancient World - Names, Dates and Dynasties

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Edited by: Walter Eder and Johannes Renger
From the Mesopotamian kings in around 3000 BC to the Bishops and Patriarchs of Late Antiquity, Chronologies of the Ancient World lists all rulers and dynasties that made their mark on ancient history. This supplement to Brill’s New Pauly enriches the information from the encyclopedia with its exhaustive lists of names, dates and facts about the people who shaped the ancient world.
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XIII. Bishops and Patriarchs

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Author(s): Geerlings, Wilhelm | Strothmann, Meret
The episcopate took shape relatively quickly in the old Church. Ignatius [1] of Antioch (around 120/175, precise dating debated) already defended the ideal of a single bishop (monoepiscopacy). In the Traditio Apostolica ( ca. 210, cf. Hippolytus [2]) the internal structure of the Church has reached its full complexity: the sole bishop is surrounded by presbyters and deacons and by holders of various non-clerical ( klḗros, Bd. 12/2) offices (widows, sub-deacons, ostiarii, etc.). This “monarchist episcopate” spread throughout the entire Church. The episcopate was further stren…

XII. The Empire of the Huns

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Author(s): Schottky, Martin
It is scarcely necessary to state that the horse-mounted nomadic peoples who suddenly burst on the European scene in the last third of the fourth century AD were not Germanic. The true ethnic background of the Huns (Hunni) still remains elusive, however. A connection with the Hsiung-nu in Chinese sources may seem attractive, but it is rather unlikely. Similarly, a direct link with the spread of the so-called “Iranian Huns” (Hephthalites) cannot be established. The European Huns should therefore indeed be traced back to the Choûnnoi mentioned by Ptol. III.5.10. The territory of t…

XI. Late-antique Germanic Kingdoms

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Author(s): Schottky, Martin | Eder, Walter
This section includes the states of a number of Germanic peoples that emerged from the early fifth century AD onwards on the territory of the late Roman Empire and on its borders. The Huns (Hunni) were admittedly not a Germanic nation (Germani), but they certainly belong in the survey below as their sudden expansion triggered the so-called migrations of the Germanic peoples. Moreover, the rapid collapse of Hunnish rule after the death of Attila led to a recovery of imperial power only in the Eas…