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Headword: *)amasei/a
Adler number: alpha,1506
Translated headword: Amaseia, Amasia
Vetting Status: high
Name of a city;[1] But Amasis [is] a proper name.[2]
He was the first man to conquer Cyprus, subdue it and make it tributary.[3]
There is also Amasis [as] a name of a city.[4]
Greek Original:
*)amasei/a: o)/noma po/lews: *)/amasis de\ o)/noma ku/rion. o(\s ei(=le *ku/pron prw=tos a)nqrw/pwn kai\ katestre/yato e)s fo/rou a)pagwgh/n. e)/sti de\ kai\ *)/amasis o)/noma po/lews.
[1] A city of Pontus, the birthplace of the historian Strabo. In his book a description of his hometown is preserved (12.561). See web addresses 1 & 2.
[2] Although several historical persons bore this name, the text here must, given what follows, refer to Amasis, the king of Egypt and ally of Croesus mentioned by Herodotus (1.30.1; 1.77.1, etc.). The name is also attested on an Attic black-figure amphora (6th c. BCE).
[3] Herodotus 2.182.2. (For the phrase katestre/yato e)s fo/rou a)pagwgh/n cf. Herodotus 1.6.2 in relation to Croesus.)
[4] Perhaps so, though one suspects Amastris (in Paphlagonia: Barrington Atlas Map 86 grid C2) may be meant; alternatively Tamasis (in Phrygia: Barrington Atlas Map 62 grid A4).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; chronology; definition; economics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Ekaterini Tsalampouni on 15 June 2000@07:26:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 9 October 2000@11:32:28.
Catharine Roth (Modified links.) on 26 February 2001@11:51:24.
David Whitehead (augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 11 June 2003@05:14:22.
David Whitehead (augmented n.4, with help from Nicholas Fincher) on 10 September 2004@07:35:26.
David Whitehead (augmented n.3; another keyword) on 24 February 2011@10:22:36.
David Whitehead on 2 August 2011@05:05:23.
David Whitehead on 16 June 2015@02:53:05.


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