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Headword: *)anqemo/kritos
Adler number: alpha,2490
Translated headword: Anthemokritos, Anthemocritus
Vetting Status: high
He was an Athenian herald , but he was slain by Megarians when he forbade them to till the sacred meadow.
Greek Original:
*)anqemo/kritos, *)aqhnai=os me\n h)=n kh/ruc, a)pesfa/gh de\ u(po\ *megare/wn, a)pagoreu/wn au)toi=s th\n i(era\n o)rga/da mh\ e)rga/zesqai.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., an entry generated by the mention of A. in Isaeus fr. 83 Sauppe: "and the bath-house next to the statue of Anthemocritus".
For this episode see principally Plutarch, Perikles 30. Following the lead of the ancient sources, most modern scholars date it to the 430s BCE, in the prelude to the Peloponnesian War. An alternative view holds is that it has been wrongly transferred to that context from the 350s (when once again the "sacred meadow" was in dispute between Athens and her western neighbour Megara). Ste.Croix and Stadter, below, review the arguments.
For the "sacred meadow" (hiera orgas) cf. omicron 504, omicron 505.
G.E.M. de Ste.Croix, The Origins of the Peloponnesian War (London 1972) 227, 235, 247-51, 386-8.
P.A. Stadter, A Commentary on Plutarch's Pericles (Chapel Hill 1989) 274-6.
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 July 2000@12:28:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and bibliography.) on 15 September 2000@08:40:05.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 August 2002@05:19:39.
David Whitehead on 13 August 2002@05:21:12.
David Whitehead (augmented note; more keyword) on 28 June 2011@04:00:32.
David Whitehead on 18 July 2015@09:22:30.


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