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date: 01 December 2022

Aristeaslocked

Aristeaslocked

  • Alan H. Griffiths

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Aristeas, of Proconnesus in the *Propontis. Like *Abaris and *Zalmoxis, a legendary wisdom-figure associated with the cult of *Apollo, reflecting early Greek contacts with *Scythian culture. Herodotus (4. 13 ff.) knew him as the author of a hexameter poem called Arimaspea which told of the tribes in the far north, including the eponymous *Arimaspeans; he goes on to report marvellous tales of his shamanistic feats, including the disappearance of his ‘corpse’ in his home town while he was seen alive elsewhere, his subsequent reappearance after seven years (cf. epimenides); and even a rematerialization 240 years later in southern Italy, during which he informed the inhabitants of *Metapontum that he had been accompanying his god in the form of a raven.

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  • Greek Myth and Religion

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