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Headword: Aristeas
Adler number: alpha,3900
Translated headword: Aristeas
Vetting Status: high
The son of Democharis or of Caustrobius, from Proconnesos,[1] an epic poet; [he wrote] the verses called the Arimaspea; it is a history of the Hyperborean Arimaspeans,[2] [in] 3 books. They say that whenever he wanted, his soul would leave and return again. He lived in the time of Croesus and Cyrus, in the fiftieth Olympiad.[3] This man also wrote a prose Theogony, in 1000 lines.
Greek Original:
Aristeas, Dêmocharidos ê Kaustrobiou, Proikonnêsios, epopoios: ta Arimaspeia kaloumena epê: esti de historia tôn Huperboreôn Arimaspôn, biblia g#. toutou phasi tên psuchên, hotan ebouleto, exienai kai epanienai palin. gegone de kata Kroison kai Kuron, Olumpiadi n#. egrapse de houtos kai katalogadên Theogonian, eis epê ai.
See generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.154), characterizing him as "a legendary wisdom-figure"; cf. e.g. Abaris (alpha 18). For the Arismaspea see Herodotus 4.13ff.
[1] An island in the Propontis (Sea of Marmora).
[2] See already alpha 3882.
[3] 580-577 BCE (which is too early for Croesus and Cyrus; Adler notes Rohde's emendation of the numeral which would produce 58th, 548-545).
J.D.P. Bolton, Aristeas of Proconnesus (1962)
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; geography; mythology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 July 2001@23:45:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; added bibliography; cosmetics) on 25 July 2001@05:21:24.
Catharine Roth (modified translation slightly) on 21 February 2002@13:59:20.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@04:30:10.
David Whitehead (expanded n.3) on 31 March 2014@04:26:41.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 31 July 2014@03:22:13.


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