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Boukoloi

(280 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Βουκόλοι; Boukóloi). Male members of Dionysian communities with different tasks, including dance (Lucian. Saltatione 79; schol. Lycoph. 212). The term relates to 1. shepherds in mythical stories who have been converted to servants of the god by witnessing a miracle (Eur. Bacch. 660-774); 2. the transformation of Dionysus from human to animal form, especially as a bull (idem 616-22; Plut. Quaest. Graec. 299b) [1]. The place associated with mythical shepherds is the mountains, the c…

Enyo

(150 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Ἐνυώ; Enyṓ). Pale feminine counterpart to Enyalius, of whose name E. is a shortened form; goddess of bloody close combat. In Homer's Iliad she appears in 5,333 with Athena and in 592 with Ares, whom she joins in encouraging the Trojans. Her identifying characteristic is Kydoimos (demon of close combat), which she swings like a weapon (Il. 5,592, cf. 18,535; schol. Hom. Il. 5,593). Genealogical constructions starting from these passages made E. the mother or daughter or wet-nurse o…

Ma

(730 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
(Greek Μᾶ/ , Lat. Ma-Bellona). One of a number of powerful Anatolian deities, whose cult was concentrated on the great temples (cf. Anaitis in Zela, Cybele/ Mḗtēr in Pessinus, Men Pharnaku in Cabira). The basic meaning of the word [1], widespread as a feminine proper name, is ‘mother’. [German version] A. Temple and cult in Anatolia The original centre of the cult was Comana [1]/Hierapolis in Cappadocian Cataonia. The local temple was already significant at the time of Suppiluliuma I ( c. 1355-1320 BC) ( Ḫattusa B. 3). A second ‘temple state’ arose in Comana [2]/Hierocaesa…

Arimaspi

(126 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Ἀριμασποί; Arimaspoí). Mythical group of one-eyed people in the extreme North, beyond the Issedones and before the land of the griffins, whose gold, according to the epic by  Aristeas of Proconnesus, they apparently repeatedly stole (Hdt. 3,116; 4,13; 27). The earliest iconographic evidence is the mirror of Kelermes, c. 570 BC [1. 260 pl. 303]. In contrast to older interpretations [2. 112-6], these days the historical aspect of this is understood as a component of a sophisticated representation of the foreigner -- with the Greek world as its point of reference. …

Pontifex, Pontifices

(1,559 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] A. General The pontifices were the most eminent college of priests in Rome. Their traditional founder was Numa Pompilius (Liv. 1,20,5-7). According to the accepted modern etymology ( pont- = 'way', cf. Sanskrit p ánthāh, 'path'), pontifex means 'path maker' [1]; some ancient etymologies, though wrong, more clearly illustrate Roman views: Q. Mucius [I 9] Scaevola, himself pontifex maximus, suggested an etymology from posse and facere: 'those who have the power (to act)’ (Varro, Ling. 5,83; cf. Plut. Numa 9,2). The collegium had the duty, at least from the time …

Curetes

(1,030 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Κουρῆτες; Kourêtes, Lat. Curetes). Mythological beings who protect the infant  Zeus from his father  Kronos by hitting their spears against their shields in order to drown out his screams (Callim. H. 1,51-53; Apollod. 1,1,6f.) or to deter the father (Str. 10,3,11). Most sources locate the scene in the cave of  Dicte on Crete, others locate it on  Ida [1] (e.g. Epimenides, FGrH 457 F 18, Aglaosthenes of Naxos, FGrH 499 F 1f., Apoll. Rhod. 1,1130, cf. Callim. H. 1,6-9). In one variati…

Cautes, Cautopates

(221 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Καύτης, Καυτοπάτης; Kaútēs, Kautopátēs). Antithetical pair of companions of  Mithras, associated with a large number of attributes, e.g. burning torches [1]. The etymology is disputed, the most plausible being the derivation from old Iranian * kaut ‘young’ [2]. Already the earliest iconographic representation displays them as complementary opposites [3]. They are the ‘twin brothers’ who are nourished by Mithras' water miracle (Mithraeum of Santa Prisca, Rome). The only literary documentation (Porph. de antro Nympharum 24 with conjecture Arethusa, p. 24,14…

Caelestis

(290 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] Latin name for the female counterpart of the highest Punic-Berber deity  Saturnus. The earliest iconographic portrayal, on the denarii of Q. Caecilius Metellus 47-46 BC, show C. as a lion-headed figure, genius terrae Africae (RRC 1. 472, no. 460. 4. pl. LIV). Literary sources describe her as the city goddess of Carthage; C. was also the protective goddess of Thuburbo maius, Oea and probably of other towns; ruler of the stars in the heavens, and of the Earth with all its produce and its inhabitants, as well as of …

Magical papyri

(1,407 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] I. General information Loose term for the constantly increasing body of Graeco-Egyptian magic texts (standard editions: [1; 2], since then, newly published texts in [3]). The most important distinction is to be made between the handbooks (until now more than 80 published copies) on papyrus, which contain the instructions for acts of magic, and directly used texts (at least 115 published copies) on papyrus, metal (lead tablets), pottery shards, wood, etc., corresponding to the extant …

Theoi Megaloi, Theai Megalai

(494 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
(θεοὶ μεγάλοι/ theoì megáloi, θεαὶ μεγάλαι/ theaì megálai, Latin di magni). [German version] I. General Term for a variety of deities or groups of gods in the Greek world. A distinction is made between deities or groups of gods for whom the adjective 'great' was used as an honorary epithet (e.g. Megálē Týchē, Theòs hýpsistos mégas theós) and those whose cultic nomen proprium was 'Great God' or 'Great Gods', such as the TM in Caria (SEG 11,984; 2nd cent. AD). Inscriptions record a broad range of use between these two poles. Often the TM are deities or groups…

Anaetis

(258 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Ἀναῖτις; Anaîtis). Iranian goddess. The Avestic name, Aredvī-Sūrā-Ānāhitā, goddess of the waters, consists of three epithets (e.g. anāhitā = untainted). The Indo-Iranian name was probably Sarasvatī, ‘the one who possesses the waters’. Yašt 5 describes her as a beautiful woman clad in beaver skins, who drives a four-horse chariot. She cleanses male sperm and the wombs of animals and humans, brings forth mother's milk, but also bestows prosperity and victory. Promoted in Achaemenid times (Berossus, FGrH 680 F11); in an undefined phase previously, she…

Dendrophoroi

(240 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (δενδροφόροι; dendrophóroi). Collegium, probably founded by the Emperor Claudius in connection with the reorganization of the cult of  Mater Magna. The first epigraphical evidence, dating from AD 79, is CIL X 7 (Regium Iulium). The founding date ( natalicium) was 1 August. The association's ritual function involved felling, decorating and carrying the sacred pine in the mourning procession on 22 March in memory of Attis (Lydus, Mens. 4,59; cf. the bas-relief in the Musée d'Aquitanie, Bordeaux [1]). The association's G…

Enyalius

(584 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[German version] (Ἐνυάλιος; Enyálios, also dialect forms). Deity of close combat, called upon in historical times in the moment battle began. In antiquity it was already disputed whether E. was just an epithet of  Ares in literary texts or originally an independent deity (schol. Hom. Il. 17,211; 22,132; schol. Soph. Aj. 179; schol. Aristoph. Pax, 457 = Alcm. fr. 104 Bergk/44 PMG). A partial answer to this question was attempted by pointing to the fact that E. appears as E-nu-wa-ri-jo in a list of four deities from Knosos. Independent of how the Mycenaean deity was imagined…

Mithras

(2,056 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
(Μίθρας/ Míthras, Μίθρης/ Míthrēs). [German version] I. Persia A Hittite treaty with the Mitanni (14th cent. BC) contains the earliest evidence of Mithras ([1. No. 16]: Mitra). In the oldest literary evidence, the Indian Ṛg Veda, Mitra is the god who together with Varuna is responsible for upholding the ṛta, the cosmic order. Likewise, in Iran Mi θ ra is one of the most important yazata (gods), who leads people ‘on the path of aša, order’ ( Yašt 10,86; [2. 114f.]), and guides a multitude of social relations such as agreements, friendship, marriage and blood kinship ( Yašt 10,116f.). In thi…

Dendrophoroi

(243 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[English version] (δενδροφόροι). Collegium, wohl im Zusammenhang mit der Reorganisation des Kultes der Mater Magna von Kaiser Claudius gegründet. Der erste inschr. Beleg 79 n.Chr. ist CIL X 7 (Regium Iulium). Das Gründungsdatum ( natalicium) fiel auf den 1. August. Die rituelle Funktion des Vereins bestand im Fällen, Schmücken und Tragen der hl. Pinie in der Trauerprozession am 22. März zur Erinnerung an den Tod des Attis (Lyd. mens. 4,59; vgl. das Basrelief im Musée d'Aquitanie, Bordeaux [1]). Der griech. Name des Vereins legt …

Molpoi

(473 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[English version] (Μολποί). Bezeichnung für die Mitglieder einer für die Aufführung des Paian bei öffentlichen Opfern zuständigen Genossenschaft, die fast ausschließlich in den Städten der ionischen Dodekapolis (v.a. Miletos und Ephesos) und ihren Kolonien belegt ist. Obwohl Kollegien von M. selbst nur spärlich bezeugt sind, verweist die Zahl der aus Μολπ- gebildeten Personennamen in der ionischen Ägeis [1], der Dodekapolis (z.B. Hdt. 5,30,2; IEph 4102) und in den milesischen Kolonien (z.B. SEG 41…

Kureten

(965 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[English version] (Κουρῆτες; lat. Curetes). Myth. Wesen, die das Kind Zeus vor seinem Vater Kronos schützen, indem sie ihre Speere gegen ihre Schilde schlagen, um die Schreie des Kindes zu übertönen (Kall. h. 1,51-53; Apollod. 1,1,6f.) oder den Vater abzuschrecken (Strab. 10,3,11). Die meisten Quellen geben die Höhle von Dikte auf Kreta als Schauplatz an, andere auf Ida [1] (z.B. Epimenides, FGrH 457 F 18, Aglaosthenes von Naxos, FGrH 499 F 1f., Apoll. Rhod. 1,1130, vgl. Kall. h. 1,6-9). In einer Va…

Kautes, Kautopates

(212 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[English version] (Καύτης, Καυτοπάτης; lat. Cautes, Cautopates). Antithetisches Paar von Begleitern des Mithras, mit einer Vielzahl von Attributen, v.a. brennenden Fackeln, assoziiert [1]. Die Etym. ist umstritten, am plausibelsten ist die Ableitung von altiran. * kaut- “jung” [2]. Schon die früheste ikonograph. Repräsentation stellt sie als komplementäre Gegensätze dar [3]. Sie sind die “Zwillingsbrüder”, die von Mithras' Wasserwunder genährt werden (Mithraeum von Santa Prisca, Rom). Der einzige lit. Nachweis (Porph. de antro Nympharum 24 mit Konjektur Arethusa, p. 24,…

Mithras

(1,982 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
(Μίθρας, Μίθρης). [English version] I. Persien Ein hethitischer Vertrag mit den Mitanni (14. Jh. v.Chr.) enthält den frühesten Nachweis für M. ([1. Nr. 16]: Mitra). In den ältesten lit. Zeugnissen, den indischen Ṛg-Veda, ist Mitra der Gott, der zusammen mit Varuna für die Aufrechterhaltung der ṛta, der kosmischen Ordnung, verantwortlich ist. Ähnlich ist im Iran Mi θ ra einer der wichtigsten yazata (Götter), der die Menschen ‘auf den Pfad der aša, Ordnung’ ( Yašt 10,86; [2. 114f.]) führt und vielfältige soziale Beziehungen wie Verträge, Freundschaft, Ehe, Blutsverwandtschaft ( Yaš…

Cannophori

(139 words)

Author(s): Gordon, Richard L. (Ilmmünster)
[English version] ( cannofori, καννηφόροι). Jüngeres der zwei Kollegien in Verbindung mit dem Kult der Magna Mater; als Teil der Reorganisation des Kultes durch Antoninus Pius (2.Jh. n.Chr.) gegründet. Ihre rituelle Funktion in Rom war es, am 15. März bei der Freudenprozession zur Erinnerung an die Entdeckung des jungen Attis durch die Magna Mater am Gallosufer (Iul. or. 5,165b) [1] ein Reetbündel zum Tempel am Palatin zu tragen ( canna intrat, Kalendar von Philocalus, CIL I2 p. 260). Am selben Tag Stieropfer des Archigallos und der C., um die Fruchtbarkeit der Felder …
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