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Abaris

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Religion.

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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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

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Religion.

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

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Religion.

(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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Ancyra

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Classical Studies.

Among the more important early Church synods held here were those of: (1) 314, which dealt with the reconciliation of the lapsed and those who had committed other offences; and (2) 358, a...

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