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Headword: *ne/arxos
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:
*ne/arxos: ou(=tos cunestra/teusen *)aleca/ndrw| kai\ suggrafh\n sunegra/yato u(pe\r *)aleca/ndrou. e)yeu/sato de\ nau/arxon e(auto\n a)nagra/yas ei)=nai, kubernh/ths w)/n.
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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