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Headword: Νέαρχος
Adler number: nu,117
Translated headword: Nearchos, Nearchus
Vetting Status: high
This man went on campaign with Alexander [sc.the Great] and wrote a history about Alexander. But he told a lie: he wrote that he himself was admiral, when he was actually a helmsman.
Greek Original:
Νέαρχος: οὗτος ξυνεστράτευσεν Ἀλεξάνδρῳ καὶ συγγραφὴν συνεγράψατο ὑπὲρ Ἀλεξάνδρου. ἐψεύσατο δὲ ναύαρχον ἑαυτὸν ἀναγράψας εἶναι, κυβερνήτης ὤν.
An incompetent summary of Arrian, Anabasis 6.2.3. Arrian begins there by talking about the Cretan-born Nearchos, whom Alexander did appoint his admiral in 326 BCE (see generally OCD4 Nearchus); but the helmsman who pretended to be admiral, as Arrian makes clear (both here and again at 7.5.6), was Onesikritos of Astypalaia (see omicron 351).
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 October 2001@07:55:30.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (set status) on 5 November 2003@12:01:10.
David Whitehead (corrected primary reference; cosmetics) on 6 November 2003@03:14:33.
David Whitehead on 5 June 2013@06:27:06.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2014@04:17:05.


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