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Headword: Ἀκουσίλαος
Adler number: alpha,942
Translated headword: Akousilaos, Akusilaos, Acusilaus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Kabas; an Argive, from the city of Kerkas, which is near Aulis;[1] a very ancient historian.[2] He wrote Genealogies from bronze tablets, which, the story goes, his father found while digging a place at his home.
Greek Original:
Ἀκουσίλαος: Κάβα υἱὸς, Ἀργεῖος, ἀπὸ Κερκάδος πόλεως, οὔσης Αὐλίδος πλησίον: ἱστορικὸς πρεσβύτατος. ἔγραψε δὲ γενεαλογίας ἐκ δέλτων χαλκῶν, ἃς λόγος εὑρεῖν τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ ὀρύξαντά τινα τόπον τῆς οἰκίας αὐτοῦ.
Notes:
OCD(4) p.11; FGrH 2.
[1] On Kerkas see M. Pierart in M.H. Hansen and T.H.Nielsen (eds.), An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis (Oxford 2004) 601.
[2] "Shortly before the Persian Wars", according to Josephus, Against Apion 1.13 (= FGrH 2 T3); that is, early fifth century BCE. (The designation πρεσβύτατος , however, may carry overtones of distinction at least as much as of age: witness the remark attributed to Sophocles in Plutarch, Nikias 15.)
References:
Der Neue Pauly s.v Akusilaos.
C.W. Fornara, The Nature of History in Ancient Greece and Rome (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1983) 4
Keywords: biography; chronology; daily life; geography; historiography; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Joseph L. Rife on 11 February 2000@18:33:18.
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Joseph L. Rife (added headword and keyword) on 9 September 2000@21:19:27.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; augmented bibliography; cosmetics) on 14 February 2001@09:55:26.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 24 December 2005@18:29:13.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 29 December 2005@00:55:22.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 27 January 2012@06:14:08.
Catharine Roth (fixed note number) on 6 February 2012@00:04:10.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:52:45.
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