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Commagenian, Greco-Iranian religious syncretism  

Bruno Jacobs

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Nov 2016
Subject:
Near East
The religious syncretism associated with the Commagenian dynasty, combining Greek and Iranian elements, is a phenomenon linked exclusively to king Antiochus I (c. 69–36bce). Whereas its Greek ... More

Coptus  

Walter Eric Harold Cockle

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Dec 2015
Coptus (mod. Qift), a nome-capital of Upper *Egypt on the east bank of the Nile. The temple of Min, repaired by Ptolemy II (see ptolemy(1)), remained important until the Christian period. ... More

Cos  

William Allison Laidlaw and Susan Mary Sherwin-White

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Mar 2016
Subject:
Near East
A fertile island of the Sporades, situated in the SE Aegean, on the north–south trading route along the coast of Turkey and onwards to Cyprus, Syria, and Egypt. After Mycenaean occupation, the island ... More

costus  

Daniel Potts

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Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
The root of Saussurea lappa, an Indian plant found mainly in Kashmir; from Skt. kúṣṭhaḥ, cf. Gk. κόστος (Theophr. Hist. pl. 19. 7. 3; Peripl. M. Rubr. 39, 49), Old South Arabian qsṭ. ... More

cotton  

Stephanie Dalley

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Dec 2015
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Near East
Cotton is first attested from excavations in the Indus valley for the early second millennium bce; cotton plants were imported into *Assyria by Sennacheribc.700 bce, who attempted to grow ... More

Croesus, last king of Lydia, c. 560–546 BCE  

Percy Neville Ure and Simon Hornblower

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Mar 2016
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Near East
Croesus, last king of *Lydia (c. 560–546 bce), son of *Alyattes. He secured the throne after a struggle with a half-Greek half-brother, and completed the subjugation of the Greek cities on ... More

crucifixion  

George Ronald Watson and Andrew Lintott

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Dec 2015
Crucifixion seems to have been a form of punishment borrowed by the Romans from elsewhere, probably *Carthage. As a Roman penalty it is first certainly attested in the *Punic Wars. It was normally ... More

Ctesias  

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

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Dec 2015
Ctesias of Cnidus was a doctor at the court of Artaxerxes II and the author of a history of Persia and other works. He seems to have studied, and possibly practised, medicine at Cnidus. The exact ... More

Ctesiphon  

Malcolm Andrew Richard Colledge and Josef Wiesehöfer

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Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
Ctesiphon, on the river Tigris, c. 96 km. (60 mi.) above *Babylon, part of the city agglomeration al-Mada’in (together with Seleuceia, Veh Ardashir). Originally, it was a village garrisoned by ... More

Cunaxa  

John F. Lazenby

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Dec 2015
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Near East
A small town on the *Euphrates near Bagdhad, where *Cyrus (2), younger son of *Darius II of Persia, was defeated and killed by his elder brother, *Artaxerxes (3) II, in 401 bce. The battle is chiefly ... More

cuneiform  

Benjamin Fortson

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Dec 2015
Cuneiform denotes any of at least three writing systems of ancient Mesopotamia and the surrounding areas. It is characterized in its classical form by signs consisting of one or more ... More

Cybele  

Francis Redding Walton and John Scheid

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Dec 2015
Cybele (Κυβέλη; Lydian form Κυβήβη, Hdt. 5. 102), the great mother-goddess of Anatolia, associated in myth, and later at least in cult, with her youthful lover *Attis. *Pessinus in Phrygia ... More

Cyprus  

Hector Catling

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Dec 2015
Cyprus, third largest Mediterranean island (9,282 sq. km.: 3,584 sq. mi.) was of strategic and economic importance to the Mediterranean and near eastern powers, and significant both to ... More

Cyrus (1), 'the Great', Persian king, d. 530 BCE  

Pierre Briant

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Mar 2016
Subject:
Near East
Cyrus the Great (OP Kuruš), son of *Cambyses I, who became c.557 bce king of the small kingdom of Anshan in *Persia. Beginning in 550 he fought extensive campaigns in which he conquered, ... More

Cyrus (2), 'the Younger', brother of Artaxerxes (2) II, d. 401 BCE  

Pierre Briant

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Mar 2016
Subject:
Near East
Cyrus the Younger, second son of *Darius II and Parysatis. In 408 bce he was given an overarching command in Asia Minor to enable him to mount an effective fight against Athenian positions. When his ... More

Damascus  

Arnold Hugh Martin Jones, Amélie Kuhrt, and Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
Ancient oasis-city, almost certainly the centre of the Achaemenid province ‘Beyond-the-River’ (note its role in 333 bce: Q. *Curtius Rufus 3. 8. 12, 13. 1), and a capital of the later *Seleucids, ... More

Darius I  

Pierre Briant

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Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
Darius I (OP Darāyavauš) son of Hystaspes, a Persian of noble lineage already known in the reigns of *Cyrus (1) and *Cambyses. He seized power after a bloody struggle against an individual said by ... More

Darius II  

Pierre Briant

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Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
Darius II (Ochus), who ruled *Persia from 424 to 404 bce, was one of *Artaxerxes (1) I's bastard sons; he acceded to the throne after a struggle with his brother, who was killed. ... More

Darius III  

Pierre Briant

Online publication date:
Dec 2015
Subject:
Near East
A descendant of a collateral branch of the royal family, Artashata (not Codomanus) acceded to the throne after the assassination of *Artaxerxes (4) IV and took the name Darius (336 bce). ... More

Dascylium  

David John Blackman and Stephen Mitchell

Online publication date:
Mar 2016
Subject:
Near East
Dascylium was the seat of the Persian *satrap of Hellespontine *Phrygia on the shore of Lake Dascylitis (mod. Manyas Göl) and famous for its hunting-park (Xen. Hell. 4. 1. 15; Hell. Oxy. ... More

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