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II. Ägpyten

(6,746 words)

Author(s): Quack, Joachim Friedrich | Eder, Walter | Onasch, Hans-Ulrich
II. 1. Ägyptische Herrscher bis zu Alexander d.Gr. Die ägyptische Chronologie ruht auf mehreren Säulen. Einerseits gibt es innerägyptische Herrscherlisten sowie die griechischsprachige Umsetzung dieser Tradition durch Manethon [1]; allerdings sind erstere nur sehr fragmentarisch erhalten, letzterer nur in textkritisch problematischen Exzerpten überliefert. Für manche Epochen dichter Bezeugung können auch die Daten administrativer Texte gute Aufschlüsse über die Länge von Regierungszeiten geben. Daneben …

Einleitung der Herausgeber

(5,629 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter | Renger, Johannes
1. Ziele des Bandes Lange Reihen von Jahreszahlen und endlose Listen von Namen gehören gewiß nicht zu der Lektüre, die besondere Spannung oder gar Begeisterung erzeugt: Kaiser, Könige, Fürsten, Amts- und Würdenträger folgen einander, säulenartig angeordnet und begleitet von Zahlensäulen mit den Daten ihrer Lebens- und Wirkungszeit, eine »versäulte« Geschichte der Antike, auf den ersten Blick so leblos wie der Marmor antiker Säulen. Aber schon der zweite Blick zeigt, daß in diesen Säulen auch komprim…

XI. Spätantike Germanenreiche

(9,059 words)

Author(s): Schottky, Martin | Eder, Walter
Im folgenden Abschnitt sind die Herrschaftsbildungen einiger germanischer Völker zusammengefaßt, die seit dem frühen 5. Jh. n. Chr. auf dem Boden des spätröm. Reiches und an seinen Grenzen entstanden. Die Hunnen (Hunni) waren freilich keine Germanen (Germani), gehören aber zweifellos in den vorliegenden Zusammenhang: Ihre plötzliche Expansion löste die sog. »germanische Völkerwanderung« aus. Ebenso führte der baldige Zusammenbruch der Hunnenherrschaft nach dem Tod Attilas nur im Osten zu einem W…

I. Mesopotamien und benachbarte Gebiete

(5,987 words)

Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim | van Soldt, Wilfred H. | Eder, Walter
I. 1. Mesopotamien und benachbarte Gebiete im 3./2. Jahrtausend v. Chr. Nach der Erfindung der Schrift im ausgehenden 4. Jt. v. Chr. (um 3200 v. Chr.; vgl. Mesopotamien II.D., Keilschrift, Schrift II.B.) vergingen einige Jahrhunderte, bis ab etwa 2700/2600 v. Chr. Herrscher in der zeitgenössischen Überl. bezeugt sind. In der späteren chronographischen (vgl. u. a. Sumerische Königsliste; Chronik B.) und in der epischen Literatur (Epos I.) finden sich darüber hinaus zahlreiche weitere Herrschernamen, die sic…

V. Kleinasien im I. Jahrtausend v. Chr.

(3,818 words)

Author(s): Haider, Peter W. | Eder, Walter
V. 1. Phrygien Die griech.-röm. Historiographie und Dichtung kennt nur drei Herrscher der Phryger (Phryges, Phrygia), nämlich einen König Midas sowie dessen Vater und Sohn, die beide den eponymen Namen Gordios [1] tragen (vgl. epṓnymos), der allerdings auch für histor. Personen bezeugt ist [13. 29f.]. Ein Sohn des jüngeren Gordios namens Adrastos erscheint bei Herodot (Herodotos [1]) als Zeitgenosse des Lyderkönigs Kroisos (Lydia), wodurch sich als chronologischer Anhaltspunkt für diesen angeblichen Enkel des Midas die Zeit um 5…

X. Griechenland und Rom

(35,165 words)

Author(s): Strothmann, Meret | Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm | Meier, Mischa | Eder, Walter | Elvers, Karl-Ludwig
X. 1. Archonten von Athen Laut Aristoteles (Ath. Pol. 3) wurden in Athen die Könige durch Archonten ersetzt ( árchontes [I]), die ihr Amt zunächst auf Lebenszeit, dann auf zehn Jahre und schließlich für ein Jahr ausgeübt haben sollen. Es handelt sich hierbei freilich um bloße Kombinationen der atthidographischen Tradition (vgl. AtthísA). Allerdings kann die Einführung des Archontats sowie die Fixierung der hiermit verbundenen Kompetenzen ebenso wie die Regelungen zur Einsetzung der Amtsträger in einem längeren Prozeß erfolgt sein (vgl. [1]). Das…

Editors’ preface

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Author(s): Eder, Walter | Renger, Johannes
1. Aims of the present volume Long lists of dates and endless series of names hardly make for reading that is especially exciting or even interesting: emperors, kings, princes and holders of various offices follow one another, arranged in columns and accompanied by more columns with the dates of their lives and terms in office. The result: a ‘columned’ or compartmentalised history of antiquity that, at first sight, is just as lifeless as the marble of ancient columns. A second look, however, shows tha…

X. Greece and Rome

(36,238 words)

Author(s): Strothmann, Meret | Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm | Meier, Mischa | Eder, Walter | Elvers, Karl-Ludwig
X. 1. Archons of Athens According to Aristotle ( Ath. Pol. 3), the kings of Athens were replaced by archons (Archontes [I]), who were first elected for life, then for ten years and in the end for one year only. This statement is clearly based on nothing more than the conjectures of the Atthidographic tradition (cf. Atthis). Still, the introduction of the archonship, the establishment of the powers associated with the office and the regulations regarding the installation of magistrates may have been the re…

II. Egypt

(7,523 words)

Author(s): Quack, Joachim Friedrich | Eder, Walter | Onasch, Hans-Ulrich
II. 1. Egyptian rulers until Alexander the Great Egyptian chronology rests on several supports. First there is a native tradition of kinglists as well as the Greek reworking of this tradition by Manetho [1]. These kinglists, however, are quite fragmentary, and the work of Manetho is only transmitted in excerpts replete with textual problems. For periods from which richer textual evidence survives, the dates of administrative texts can also provide good information on the length of reigns. Furthermore, t…

V. Asia Minor in the first millennium BC

(4,142 words)

Author(s): Haider, Peter W. | Eder, Walter
V. 1. Phrygia In Graeco-Roman historiography and poetry only three rulers of the Phrygians (Phryges, Phrygia) are attested. These are king Midas, his father and his son. The latter two both have the eponym Gordius [1] (cf. Eponymus), which, however, is also attested for historical individuals (Laminger-Pascher 1989: 29f.). A son of the younger Gordius, Adrastus, is mentioned by Herodotus [1] as a contemporary of the Lydian king Croesus (Lydia), which would place Midas’ purported grandson in ca. 550 BC (Hdt. I.35-45). Yet, the dates given by Apollodorus [7], Sextus [2] Iu…

I. Mesopotamia and neighbouring region

(6,761 words)

Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim | van Soldt, Wilfred M. | Tavernier, Jan | Eder, Walter
I. 1. Mesopotamia and neighbouring regions in the third and second millennium BC Notwithstanding the invention of Writing by the end of the fourth millennium ( ca. 3200 BC; cf. Mesopotamia II.D, Cuneiform script, Writing II.B), several centuries intervene until, in ca. 2700/2600 BC, the first rulers are attested in contemporary traditions. Later chronographic (cf., among others, the Sumerian Kings’ lists; Chronicles B) and epic (Epic I) literature mentions numerous additional royal names, which are, however, otherwise unattested (such …

XI. Late-antique Germanic Kingdoms

(10,179 words)

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…

Merismos

(80 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] (μερισμός; merismós from μερίζειν; merízein = ‘to divide, distribute’) in Athens the name for the ‘distribution’ of funds from tax incomes by the apodéktai to the appropriate officials ( archaí ). The sums allocated were determined by the council of the polis ( boulḗ ) and had to be struck off immediately after distribution ([Aristot.] Ath. pol. 48,1-2). Merismos is not attested before the 4th century BC ( Taxes III. B.). Eder, Walter (Berlin) Bibliography Rhodes, 557-560.

Bessas

(101 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] Goth of Thracian origin (born around AD 480), whose family did not accompany Theoderic to Italy in AD 488. He served as an officer in Justinian's army against the Persians, under  Belisarius in the reconquest of Italy, as also against the Goths and in his old age in Syrian territory. He achieved high rank ( dux Mesopotamiae 531; mag. mil. vacans in Italy 535-546; mag. mil. per Armeniam 550-554), was even patricius, but was finally banished for having a too nonchalant attitude towards his duty as a consequence of excessive financial dealings. PLRE 2, 226-229. Eder, Walter (B…

Spartocids

(83 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] Ruling dynasty in the Regnum Bosporanum, named after its founder Spartocus [1] I, who took over the power from the Archaeanactids of Panticapaeum in 438/7 BC. The dynasty, which distinguished itself in the Classical and early Hellenistic periods with a brisk trade in corn in the Aegaean (primarily with Athens), came to an end in 109 BC with the handing over of power by its last ruler, Paerisades [6] V, to Mithridates [6] VI of Pontus. Eder, Walter (Berlin)

Prothytes

(69 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] (Προθύτης; Prothýtēs). Theban, leading anti-Macedonian politician who, relying on Athenian help, in 335 BC advocated the secession of Thebes from Macedonia. Swiftly advancing on Thebes, Alexander [4]  the Great (Diod. 17,8,2) demanded in vain his surrender (Plut. Alexandros 11,7). He was probably killed in the defence of the city, which involved heavy losses (Arr. Anab. 1,8,1-8; Diod.  Sic. 17,14,1; Plut. Alexandros 11,12). Eder, Walter (Berlin)

Rulership

(2,483 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin) | Kahl, Jochem (Münster) | Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel)
[German version] I. General Rulership is here understood as political rulership, i.e. a reciprocal social relationship serving to create and permanently preserve the social order through political organization. Rulership is based on fixed rules applying both to the ruler(s) and the ruled; thus those ruled generally assent blindly to the authority of the ruler(s), or are at least so minded as to tolerate it. As a system of order, rulership appears in different forms: in the ancient Near East and Egyp…

Areobindus

(290 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Flavius A. Cos. 434 AD Father of Dagalaifus, grandfather of A. [2], in AD 434 consul together with Aspar Ardabur. As magister militum ( comes foederatorum?) he defeated a Persian officer in single combat in 422, in 441 Theodosius II sent him as magister militum against the Vandals to Africa but he missed his opportunity because he stayed too long in Sicily. He was defeated by Attila in 443 (as was Aspar). In 447 patricius; died in 449 (PLRE 2, 145 f., A. 2). Eder, Walter (Berlin) [German version] [2] Flavius Areobindus Dagalaifus Areobindus Cos. 506 AD Son of Dagalaifus,…

Rulers

(2,915 words)

Author(s): Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin) | Kahl, Jochem (Münster) | Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) | Eder, Walter (Berlin)
I. Ancient Orient [German version] A. Terminology Designations for rulers include: (1) descriptive terms like the Sumerian LUGAL (literally 'big man'), equated in vocabularies with the Akkadian šarru ('shining one(?)'), malku ('adviser', Hebrew melek), Hittite ḥaššu- ('well-born one'); furthermore, Sumerian NUN and Akkadian rubāum ('most excellent one'), and Sumerian EN, Akkadian bēlu, Hittite išḫa- ('lord'); these apply regardless of the size and structure of the area of rule. Feminine forms are recorded. (2) Culture and epoch specific titles (a…

Year of four emperors

(516 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin)
[German version] Modern term for the year AD 69, in which four emperors – some at the same time, some in swift succession – ruled the Roman Empire (Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian), and in the broader sense for the period between Iulius [II 150] Vindex's revolt against Nero (beginning of AD 68) in Gaul and the elevation to emperor of  Vespasian (1 July 69 in Egypt, 3 July 69 in Syria) or its recognition by the Senate in Rome (21/22 December 69). Galba [2], from an ancient patrician family, sided with Iulius Vindex's rebellion, was proclaimed empe…
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