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Headword: *)ariste/as
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:
*)ariste/as, *dhmoxa/ridos h)\ *kaustrobi/ou, *proikonnh/sios, e)popoio/s: ta\ *)arima/speia kalou/mena e)/ph: e)/sti de\ i(stori/a tw=n *(uperbore/wn *)arimaspw=n, bibli/a g#. tou/tou fasi\ th\n yuxh\n, o(/tan e)bou/leto, e)cie/nai kai\ e)panie/nai pa/lin. ge/gone de\ kata\ *kroi=son kai\ *ku=ron, *)olumpia/di n#. e)/graye de\ ou(=tos kai\ kataloga/dhn *qeogoni/an, ei)s e)/ph a/|.
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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