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Abaris

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Legendary devotee of Apollo from the far north, a shamanistic missionary and saviour-figure like Aristeas whom Pindar (fr. 270 B. Snell and H. Maehler) associated with the time of...

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Abraham and Authenticity

Reuven Firestone.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions

October 2015; p ublished online November 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Islam; Religion in the Ancient World. 9308 words.

The Abrahamic religions recognize Abraham as the first to arrive at the truth of monotheism and live out the ideal relationship with God. He is the archetype of the stalwart religious...

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Adonis

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Classical Studies.

In classical mythology, a beautiful youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a boar, but Zeus decreed that he should spend the winter of each year in the underworld...

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Aegeus

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In Greek mythology, king of Athens and father of Theseus, who threw himself into the sea in the (mistaken) belief that his son had been killed by the Minotaur; according to some, this was...

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Aegisthus

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In Greek mythology, the lover of his cousin's wife Clytemnestra, who killed her husband Agamemnon; Aegisthus and Clytemnestra were in turn killed by her son Orestes.

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Aemilius Scaurus, Marcus

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(RE 141)

son of M. Aemilius Scaurus (1) and Caecilia Metella (1), hence stepson of L. Cornelius Sulla. Quaestor under Pompey c.65 bc, he intervened in Judaea and Nabataea, chiefly...

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Aeolus

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In Greek mythology, the god of the winds; in Homer's Odyssey, a mortal to whom Zeus had given command of the winds, and who in Virgil's Aeneid is shown as keeping them imprisoned in a cave....

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Ajax

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Classical Studies.

In Greek mythology, a hero of the Trojan war, the son of Telamon, king of Salamis; he was proverbial for his size and strength. After the death of Achilles, he quarrelled with Odysseus as...

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Alesia

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A hill-fort of the Mandubii, modern Alise-Ste Reine, where, in 52 bc, Caesar besieged and captured Vercingetorix. The site was not abandoned, but developed as a thriving township, which...

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Amalthea

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In Greek mythology, the she-goat who suckled the infant Zeus when he was hidden to protect him from his father Cronus; Amalthea's horn is another name for the cornucopia or horn of plenty.

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