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Headword: Ἥλικες
Adler number: eta,224
Translated headword: age-mates
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This is what they used to call the [members of the] Macedonian close-array of Antiochus Epiphanes: all tall, little more than children, armed and trained in the Macedonian manner; whence they had the designation.
Greek Original:
Ἥλικες: οὕτως ἐλέγοντο οἱ Ἀντιόχου τοῦ Ἐπιφανίου Μακεδόνων στῖφος: ὑψηλοὶ πάντες, ὀλίγον ὑπὲρ ἀντίπαιδας, τὸν Μακεδονικὸν τρόπον ὡπλισμένοι τε καὶ πεπαιδευμένοι: ὅθεν καὶ τὴν ἐπίκλησιν εἶχον.
Notes:
Incompetently taken from Josephus, Jewish War 5.460 (web address 1); the name of the unit was "Macedonian close-array", whose members were "all age-mates, etc.".
King Antiochus IV Epiphanes ("Glorious") ruled the Seleucid Empire between 175 and 164. His heavy-handed policy in Palestine led to the revolt of the Maccabees. See under alpha 2693.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; children; clothing; definition; geography; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 August 2006@19:21:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes) on 13 August 2006@04:51:23.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; further expansion of note; more keywords) on 13 August 2006@06:56:09.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 13 December 2012@05:25:16.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 18 December 2012@23:28:45.

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