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ABAE, I. a city of Phocis, near and to the right of Elatea, towards Opus. The inhabitants had a tradition that they were of Argive descent, and that their city was founded by Abas, son of Lynceus and Hypermnestra, grandson of Danaus (Paus, 10,35). It was most probably of Thracian, or, in other words, Pelasgic ori
gin. Abe was early celebrated for its oracle of Apollo, of greater antiquity than that at Delphi (Steph. B.). In later days, the Romans also testified respect
for the character of the place, by conceding important privileges to the Abaans, and allowing them to live under their own laws (Paus. l.c.). During the Persian invasion, the army of Xerxes set fire to the temple, and nearly destroyed it; soon after it again gave oracles, though in this dilapidated state, and was consulted for that purpose by an agent of Mardonius (Herod. 8,134). In the Sacred war, a body of Phocians having fled to it for refuge, the Thebans burned what remained of the temple, destroying, at the same time, the suppliants (Diod. S. 16,58). Hadrian caused another temple to be built, but much inferior in size. This city possessed also a forum and a theatre. Ruins are pointed out by Sir W. Gell (Itin. 266) near the modern village of Erarcho. ABAeus, a surname of Apollo, derived from the town of Aba in Phocis, where the god had a rich temple. (Hesych, s. v. 'Affat.—Herod. 8, 33.) AgacA:NUM, a city of the Siculi, in Sicily, situated on a steep hill southwest of Messana. Its ruins are supposed to be in the vicinity of Tripi. Being an ally of Carthage, Dionysius of Syracuse wrested from it part of the adjacent territory, and founded in its vicinity the colony of Tyndaris (Diod. S. 14, 78, 90). Ptolemy calls this city 'Asakatva, all other writers 'A6akaivov. According to Bochart, the Punic appellation was Abacin, from Abac, “ertollere,” in reference to its lofty situation. (Clurer. Sic. Ant. 2, 386.) Abilus. Vid. Basilia. An ANtes, an‘ancient people of Greece, whose origin is not ascertained; yably they came from Thrace, and having settled in Phocis, built the city Abie. From this quarter a part of them seem to have removed to Euboea, and hence its name Ahantias, or Abantis (Strabo,444). Others of them left Euboea, and settled for a time in Chios (Paus. 7, 4); a third band, returning with some of the Locri from the Trojan war, were driven to the coast of Epirus, settled in part of Thesprotia, inhabited the city Thronium, and gave the name Abantis to the adjacent territory (Paus, 5, 22). The Thracian origin of the Abantes is contested by Mannert (8,246), though supported, in some degree, by Aristotle, as cited by bo. They had a custom of cutting off the hair of the head before, and suffering it to grow long behind (Il. 2, 542). Plutarch Wit. Thes, 5) states, that they did this to prevent the enemy, wo they always boldly fronted, from seizing
them by the fore part of their heads The truth is, they wore the hair long behind as a badge of valour, and so the scholiast on Homer means by avópeiaç 24pur. The custom of wearing long hair characterized many, if not all of the warlike nations of antiquity; it prevailed among the Scythians, who were wont also to cut off the hair of their captives as indicative of slavery (Hesych. —Bayeri Mem. Scyth. in comment. Acad. Petr. 1732, p. 388); and also among the Thracians, Spartane Gauls (Galli comati), and the early Romans (intoms, Romani). As to the origin of this custom among the Spartans, Herodotus (1,82) seems to be in error, in da. ting it from the battle of Thyrea, since Xenophon (Lac. Pol. 11, 3) expressly refers it to the time of Lycurgus (Plut. Wit. Lys. 1). The practice of scalping, which, according to Herodotus (4, 64), existed among the ancient Scythians (Casaub. ad Athen. 524), and is still used by the North American Indians, appears to owe its origin to this peculiar regard for the hair of the head. The greatest trophy for the victor to gain, or the vanquished to lose, would be a portion of what each had regarded as the truest badge of valour, and the skin of the head would be taken with it to keep the hair together. On the other hand, shaving the head was a peaceful and religious custom, directly opposed to that just mentioned. It was an indispensable rite among the priests of Egypt (Herod. 2, 36); and even the deities in the hieroglyphics have their heads without hair. Hence, too, may be explained what is said of the Argippaei, or Bald-headed Scythians (Herod. 4, 23). No one offered violence to them; they were accounted sacred, and had no warlike weapons. Were they not one of those sacerdotal colonies which, migrating at a remote period from India, spread themselves over Scythia, and a large portion of the farther regions of the West 4 ABANti Koes, a masculine patronymic given to the descendants of Abas, king of Argos, such as Acrisius, Perseus, &c. (Ovid, Met. 4, 673.) A BANTIAs, I. one of the ancient names of Euboea. (Vid. Abantes.) Strabo (444) calls it Abantis.-II. A female patronymic from Abas, as Danaë, Atalanta, &c. ABANtidas, a tyrant of Sicyon, in the third century B.C. He seized upon the sovereign power, after having slain Clinias, who was then in charge of the administration. Clinias was the father of the celebrated Aratus, and the latter, at this time only seven years of age, narrowly escaped sharing the fate of his parent. (Plut. Wit. Arat. 2.) ABANtis. Wid. Abantias II. o Ab Kris, I. a Scythian, or Hyperborean, mentioned by several ancient writers. Iamblichus, states that Abaris was a disciple of Pythagoras, and persormed many wonders with an arrow received from Apollo (Wit. Pythag., p. 28, ed. Kuster.) Herodotus informs us (4, 36) that he was carried on this *; over the
by Eudocia (Willois. Anecd. 1, 20), where he is said to have traversed all Greece, holding an arrow as the symbol of Apollo. The time of his arrival in Greece is variously given (Bentl. Phal. 95). Some fix it in the 3d Olympiad (Harpocr—Suid.), others in the 21st, others much lower. One authority is weighty : Pindar, as cited by Harpocration, states that Abaris came to Greece while Croesus was king of Lydia. An extraordinary occasion caused his visit. The whole earth was ravaged by a pestilence; the oracle of Apollo, being consulted, gave answer that the scourge would only cease when the Athenians should offer up vows for all nations. Another account makes him to have left his native country during a famine (Willois. Anecd. l. c.). He made himself known throughout Greece as a performer of wonders; delivered oracular responses (Clem. Aler. Str. 399); healed maladies by charins or exorcisms (Plato, Charm. 1, 312, Bekk.); drove away storms, pestilence, and evils. His oracles are said to have been left in writing (Apollon. Hist. Comment. c. 4. Compare Schol. Aristoph. p. 331, as emended by Scaliger). The money obtained for these various services, Abaris is said to have consecrated, on his return, to Apollo (Iambl. V. P. 19), whence Bayle concludes, that the collecting of a pious contribution formed the motive of his journey to Greece (Dict. Hist. et Crit. 1, 4). He formed also a Palladium out of the bones of Pelops, and sold it to the Trojans (Jul. Firmicus,16). Modern opinions vary: Brucker (Hist. Phil. 1,355–Enfield, 1,115) regards him as one who, like Empedocles, Epimenides, Pythagoras, and others, went about imposing on the vulgar by false pretensions to supernatural powers; and Lobeck (Aglaoph. vol. i., p. 313, seq.) is of the same opinion. Creuzer (Symb. 2, 1, 267) considers Abaris as belonging to the curious chain of connexion between the religions of the North, and those of Southern Europe, so distinctly indicated by the customary offerings sent to Delos from the country of the Hyperboreans. The same writer then cites a remarkable passage from the Hialmarsaga: “From Greece came Abor and Samolis, with many excellent men; they met with a very cordial reception; their servant and successor was Herse of Glisisvalr.” The allusion here is evidently to Abaris and Zamolxis; and if this passage be authentic, Abaris would have been a Druid of the North, and the country of the Hyperboreans the Hebrides. The doctrines of the Druids, as well as those of Zamolxis, resemble the tenets of the Pythagorean school, and in this way we may explain that part of the story of Abaris which connects him with Pythagoras (Origen. Philos. 882, 906, ed. de la Rue.—Chardon de la Ro
chette, Melang. de Crit. vol. i., p. 58). Unfortunately, the Saga of Hialmar is by the ablest critics of the North considered a forgery (Müller's Sagabibl. 2,663). Still, other grounds have been assumed for making Abaris a Druidical priest; and the opinion is maintained by several writers (Toland's Misc. Works, 1, 181.— Higgins' Celtic Druids, 123.—Southern Rev. 7, 21.) One argument is derived from Himerius (Phot. Bibl. vol. ii., p. 374, ed. Bekker), that he travelled in Celtic costume; in a plaid and pantaloons. Creuzer, after some remarks on this history, indulges in an ingenious speculation, by which Abaris becomes a personification of writing, and the doctrines communicated by it, as well as the advantages resulting from these doctrines, and from science or wisdom in general. As the Runic characters of the North are here referred to, a part of his argument rests on the etymology of “Runic.” rinnen, runen, “to run,” “to move rapidly along.” This, * with the arrow-like form of most of
them, will make Abaris, travelling on his arrow, to be him that moves rapidly along, Runa, the scribe, prophet, deliverer; and, at the same time, the personification of writing, as the source of all knowledge, and of safety to man. Thus the legend of Abaris may mark the propagation of writing from the summits of Caucasus, fot spreading civilization as well to the Greeks, as the nations of the North. For other speculations, compare Müller (Dorter, 1,364) and Schwenk (Etymol.-Myth. Andeut. 358), who see in Abaris the god himself, Apollo'Agapet, or 'Agaios, “luminous,” under the Macedonian form 'Asapuc, become his own priest (Creuzer, 2, 1, 269).-II. A city of Egypt, called also Araris (‘Abapto, or Alapur). Manetho places it to the east of the Bubastic mouth of the Nile, in the Saltic Nome (Joseph. c. Ap. 1, 14). Mannert identifies it with what was afterward called Pelusium ; for the name Abaris disappeared, when the shepherd-race retired from Egypt, and the situation of Pelusium coincides sufficiently with the site of Abaris, as far as authorities have reached us. Manetho, as cited by Josephus, says, that Salatis, the first shepherd-king, finding the position of Abaris well adapted to his purpose, rebuilt the city, and strongly sortified it with walls, garrisoning it with a force of 240,000 men. To this city Salatis repaired in summer time, in order to collect his tribute, and to pay his troops, and to exercise his soldiers with the view of striking terror into foreign states. Manetho also informs us, that the name of the city had an ancient theological reference (kažovuévrov 6' dró Two: dpraiac Geožoytaç Atapu). Other writers make the term Abaris denote “a pass,” or “crossing over,” a name well adapted to a stronghold on the borders. Compare the Sanscrit upari (over, above), the Gothic ufar, the Old High German ubar, the Persian cher, the Latin super, the Greek itép, &c. AbARNis, or -us, I. a name given to that part of Mysia in which Lampsacus was situate. Venus, according to the fable, here disowned (árnovocato) her offspring Priapus, whom she had just brought forth, being shocked at his deformity. Hence the appellation. The first form Aparnis, was subsequently altered to Abarnis (Steph. B.).—II. A city in the above-mentioned district, lying south of Lampsacus (Steph. B.). ABAs, I. or Abus, a mountain of Armenia Major; according to D'Anville, the modern Abi-dag, according to Mannert (5, 196), Ararat; giving rise to the southern branch of the Euphrates. (Vid. Arsanias.)—II. A river of Albania, rising in the chain of Caucasus, and falling into the Caspian Sea. Ptolemy calls it Albanus. On its banks Pompey defeated the rebellious Albanians (Plut. Wit. Pomp. 35)—III. The 12th king of Argos. (Wid. Supplement.)—IV. A son of Metaneira, changed by Ceres into a lizard for having mocked the goddess in her distress. Others refer this to Ascalaphus.-W. A Latin chief who assisted AEneas against Turnus, and was killed by Lausus. (AEn. 10, 170, &c.) —VI. A soothsayer, to whom the Spartans erected a statue for his services to Lysander, before the battle of AEgospotamos. He is called by some writers Hagias ("Aytaç). * * AbAscANtus. Wid. Supplement. AbAsitis, a district of Phrygia Epictetus, in the vicinity of Mysia; in it was the city of Ancyra, and here, according to Strabo (576), the Macestus or Megistus arose. Abitos. Wid. Philae. Abd aloniMus, one of the descendants of the kings of Sidon, so poor that, to maintain himself, he worked in a garden. When Alexander took Sidon, he made him king, and enlarged his possessions for his disinterestedness. (Justin, 11, 10.—Curt. 4, 1.) Diodorus Siculus (17,46) calls him Ballonymus, a corruption of the true name as given by Curtius and Justin. Wesseling (ad Diod. S. l.c.) considers the word equivalent, in the Phoenician tongue, to Abd-al-anim, “Ser: vus Dei pradatoris,” and thinks that the latter part of the compound, anim, may be traced in the name of the god Anammelech (2 Kings, 17, 31). Gesenius (Gesch. der Hebr. Sprache und Schrift, 228) makes Abdalonimus, as an appellation, the same with Abd-alonim, “Servant of the gods.” AbbéRA, I. a city of Thrace, at the mouth of the Nestus: Ephorus (Steph. B.) wrote in sing. A6ómpov, but the plural is more usual, Tā ‘A6ónpa. The Clazomenian Timesius commenced founding this place, but, in consequence of the Thracian inroads, was unable to complete it; soon after, it was recolonized by a large body of Teians from Ionia, who abandoned their city, when besieged by Harpagus, general of Cyrus (Herod. 1, 168). Many Teians subsequently returned home; yet Abdera remained no inconsiderable city. There are several other accounts of the origin of this place, but the one which we have given is most entitled to credit. The city of Abdera was the birthplace of many distinguished men, as Anaxarchus, Democritus, Hecataeus, and Protagoras; the third, however, must not be confounded with the native of Miletus. (Crcuzer, Hist. Antiq. Gr. Fragm. 9, 28.) But, notwithstanding the celebrity of some of their fellow-citizens, the people of Abdera, as a body, were reputed to be stupid. In the Chiliads of Erasmus, and the Adagia Veterum, many sayings record this failing; Cicero styles Rome, from the stupidity of the senators, an Abdera (Ep. ad Att. 4, 16); Juvenal calls Abdera itself, “the native land of blockheads” (perpecum patriam, 10, 50 ; compare Martial, 10, 25; “Abderitana pectora plebis”). §. of this is exaggeration. Abdera was the limit of the Odrysian empire to the west (Thuc. 2, 29). It afterward fell under the power of Philip ; and, at a later period, was delivered up by one of its citizens to Eumenes, king of Pergamus (Diod. S. Fragm. 30, 9, 413, Bip.). É. the Romans it became a free city (Abderalibera), and continued so even as late as the time of Pliny (4, 11). It was famous for mullets, and other fish (Dorio, ap. Athen. 3, 37.-Archestr, ap. eund. 7, 124). In the middle ages Abdera degenerated into a very small town, named Polystylus, according to the Byzantine historian, Curopalate (Wasse, ad Thuc. 2, 97). Its ruins exist near Cape Baloustra. (French Strabo, 3, 180, § 3.)—II. A town of Hispania Baetica, east of Malaca, in the territory of the Bastuli Poeni, lying on the coast; Strabo calls the place Atómpa (157). Ptolemy A66apa, Steph. B. "A66mpa, a coin of Tiberius Abdera (Wallant, col. 1, p. 63.—Rasche's Ler. Rei Num, 1, 23). It was founded by a Phoenician colony, and is thought to correspond to the modern Adra. (Ukert's Geogr. 2, 351.) Abderus, a Locrian, armour-bearer of Hercules; torn to pieces by the mares of Diomedes, which the hero, warring against the Bistones, had intrusted to his care. According to Philostratus (Icon. 2, 35), Hercules built the city of Abdera in memory of him. Abdias. Wid. Supplement. Abella, a town of Campania, northeast of Nola, founded by a colony from Chalcis, in Euboea, according to Justin (20, 1). Its ruins still exist in Arda Vecchia. Small as was Abella, it possessed a republican government, retaining it until subdued by the Romans; the inhabitants Abellani, are frequently mentioned by ancient writers; the only fact worthy of record is, that their territory produced a species of nut, nur Abellana or Arellana, apparently the same with what the Greek writers call kapuov Ilovruköv, HpakWetoruków or Aerrów (Dioscor. 1, 179–Athen. 2, 42). The tree itself is the kapúa IIovrukň, and corresponds to the corylus of Virgil, and the corylus Arellana of Linnaeus, class 21. (Fée, Flore de Virgile, 223.) Abellinum, I. now Abellino, a city of the Hirpini, in Samnium; the inhabitants of which were called,
the Aciris; called Abellinum Marsicum. It is thought by Cluver (Ital. Antiq. 2, 1280) and D'Anville (Geogr. Anc. 57) to accord with Marsico Vetere. Abellio. Wid. Supplement. Abgărus, I. a name common to many kings of Edessa, in Mesopotamia; otherwise written Abagarus, Agbarus, Augarus, &c. The first monarch of this name (Euseb. H. E. 1, 13) wrote a letter to our Saviour, and received a reply from him (vid. Edessa). The genuineness of these letters has been much disputed among the learned. (Cave's Lit. Hist. 1, 2.—Lardner's Cred. 7, 22.)—II. The name, according to some authorities, of the Arabian prince or chieftain who perfidiously drew Crassus into a snare, which proved his ruin; called "Akóapoc by Appian (B. P. 34), 'Aptáuvno (Plut. Crass. 21), Aiyapoc (Dio Cass. 40, 20). AbíA, I, the southernmost city of Messenia, on the eastern shore of the Messenian Gulf. Pausanias (4, 30) identifies it with Ire, ‘Ipm, one of the places offered by Agamemnon to Achilles (Il. 9, 292). Abia, together with the adjacent cities of Thuria and Phera, separated from Messenia, and became part of the Achaean confederacy; afterward they again attached themselves to the Messenian government. At a later period, Augustus, to punish the Messenians for having favoured the party of Antony, annexed these three cities, to Laconia. But this arrangement continued only for a short time, since Ptolemy and Pausanias include them again among the cities of Messenia.—II. Nurse of Hyllus, in honour of whom Cresphontes chan. ged the name of Ire to Abia. (Paus. 4, 30, 1.) Abit, a Scythian nation, supposed by the earlier Greeks to inhabit the banks of the Tanais. Homer is thought to allude to them, Il. 13, 6, where for dyavāv. some read 'A6íov re. By others they are supposed to be identical with the Macrobii. The name "A6tot is thought by Heyne (ad. Il. l.c.) to allude to their living on lands common to the whole nation, or to their having a community of goods, or perhaps to their poverty, and their living in wagons. Curtius (7,6) states, that these Abii sent ambassadors to Alexander with professions of obedience. But the Macedonians encountered no Abii; they only believed that they had sound them. The name they probably had learned from Homer, and knew that they were a people to the north, forming part of the great Scythian race. Supposing themselves, therefore, on the banks of the Tanais, they gave the name Abit to the people, who had sent ambassadors, merely because they had heard that the Abii dwelt on that river. Abila, or ABYLA, I. a mountain of Africa, opposite Calpe (Gibraltar), supposed to coincide with Cape Serra. It is an elevated point of land, forming a peninsula, of which a place named Ceuta closes the isthmus. Of the two forms given to the name of this mountain by ancient writers, that of Abyla is the more common. The name is written by Dionysius (Perieg. 336), 'A210m. According to Avienus (Ora Marit. 345), Abila is a Carthaginian or Punic appellative for “any lofty mountain.” This name appears to have passed over into Europe, and to have been applied, with slight alteration of form, to the opposite mountain, the rock of Gibraltar. Eustathius (ad Diomys. P. 64) informs us that in his time the latter mountain was named Calpe by the Barbarians, but Aliba by the Greeks; and that the true Abila, on the African side, was called Abenna by the natives, by the Greeks Kvinymrukň. At what time the present Gibraltar began to be calied Calpe, is difficult to determine; probably long antecedent to the age of Eustathius. Calpe itself is only Aliba shortened, and pronounced with a strong Oriental aspirate. In the word Aliba we likewise detect the root of Alp, or, rather, the term itself, which conspicuous place in the Greek mythology. (Wid. Her. culis Columnae, and Mediterraneum Mare.)—II. A city of Palestine, 12 miles east of Gadara (Euseb. v. 'Atea 'Autré'.av). Ptolemy is supposed to refer to it under the name Abida, an error probably of copyists. (Mannert, 6, 1, 323.)—III. A city of Coelesyria, now Bellinas, in a mountainous country, about 18 miles northwest of Damascus. Ptolemy gives it the common name "A61%a. Josephus calls it "Abeža, and also 'A6ežuaréa, the latter coming from the Hebrew name Abel Beth Maacha, or Malacha (Reland, Palest., 520).
for distinction'sake, Abellinates Protropi (Plin. 3, 2– may be traced directly to the Celtic radical Alh. The Pool. 67).-II. A city of Lucania, near the source of situation of Abila gave it, with the * Calpe, a
AbileNE, a district of Coelesyria. (Wid. Abila III.)
Abisi res. Wid. Supplement. AbitiiNus. Wid. Supplement. ARLAbius. Wid. Supplement.
ABNoba, according to Ptolemy (2, 11), a chain of mountains in Germany, which commenced on the banks of the Moenus, now Mayne, and, running between what are now Hesse and Westphalia, terminated in the present Duchy of Paderborn. Out of the northeastern part of this range, springs, according to the same authority, the Amisus, now Ems. Subsequent writers, however, seem to have limitéd the name Abnoba to that portion of the Black Forest where the Danube commences its course, and in this sense the term is used by Tacitus. A stone altar, with ABNOBA inscribed, was discovered in the Black Forest in 1778; and in 1784, a pedestal of white marble was found in the Duchy of Baden, bearing the words DIANAE ABNOBAE. These remains of antiquity, besides tending to designate more precisely the situation of the ancient Mons Abnoba, settle also the orthography of the name, which some commentators incorrectly write Arnoba. (Compare La Germanie de Tacite, par Panckouke, p. 4, and the Atlas, Planche deurième.) Abonitichos, a small town and harbour of Paphlafl. southeast of the promontory Carambis. It was the birthplace of an impostor, who assumed the character of Æsculapius. Lucian (Pseud. 58) states, that he petitioned the Roman emperor to change the name of his native city to Ionopolis, and that the request of the impostor was actually granted. The modern name Ineboli is only a corruption of Ionopolis. (Marcian, Peripl., p. 72–Steph. B.) AborigiNEs, a name given by the Roman writers to the primitive race, who, blending with the Siculi, founded subsequently the nation of the Latins. The name is equivalent to the Greek airóxfloves, as indicating an indigenous race. According to the most credible traditions, they dwelt originally around Mount Welino, and the Lake Fucinus, now Celano, extending as far as Carseoli, and towards Reate. This was Cato's account (Dionys. H. 2, 49); and if Varro, who enumerated the towns they had possessed in those parts (Id. 1, 14), was not imposed on, not only were the sites of these towns distinctly preserved, as well as their names, but also other information, such as writings alone can transmit through centuries. Their capital, Lista, was lost by surprise; and exertions of many years to recover it, by expeditions from Reate, proved fruitless. Withdrawing from that district, they came down the Anio ; and even at Tibur, Antemnas, Ficulea, Tellena, and farther on at Crustumerium and Aricia, they found Siculi, whom they subdued or expelled. The Aborigines are depicted by Sallust and Virgil as savages living in hordes, without Inanners, law, or agriculture, on the produce of the chase, and on wild fruits. This, however, does not ee with the traces of their towns in the Apennines; but the whole account was, perhaps, little else than an ancient speculation on the progress of mankind from rudeness to civilization. The Aborigines are said to have revered Janus and Saturn. The latter taught them husbandry, and induced them to choose settled habitations, as the founders of a better way of life. From this ancient race, as has already been re
marked, blending with a remnant of the Siculi, spra the nation of the Latins; and between Saturn an the time assigned for the Trojan settlement, only three kings of the Aborigines are enumerated, Picus, Faunus, and Latinus. (Niebuhr, Rom. Hist, 1,62, Cambr.) As to the name of this early race, the old and genuine one seems to have been Casci or Cassei (Saufeius in Serp. ad AEn. 1, 10); and the appellation of Aborigines was only given them by the later Roman writers. (Heyme, Ercurs. 4, ad AEn. 7.) Cluver, and others, have maintained the identity of the Aborigines and Pelasgi, a position first assumed by Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Mannert (9, 436) thinks, that the Pelasgi were a distinct race, who, on their arrival in Italy, united with the people in question, and that both became gradually blended into one race, the Etrurian. Some are in favour of writing Aberrigines, and refer to the authority of Festus, who so styles them as having been wanderers (ab, erro), when they took possession of that part of the country where they subsequently dwelt. In this Festus is supported by the author of the Origin of the Romans, but the opinion is an incorrect one. Abor RAs. Vid. Chaboras. Apradātas, a king of Susa, who submitted, with his o: to Cyrus, when he learned that his wife Panthea, who had been made prisoner by the latter, was treated by him with great kindness and humanity. He was subsequently slain in fighting for Cyrus. His wife, unable to survive his loss, slew herself upon his corpse. Cyrus erected a monument to their memory. (Xen. Cyrop. 5, 6, &c.) AbriNcAtü1, a nation of Gaul, situate, according to the common opinion, on the western coast, north of the Liger, or Loire, and whose capital, Ingena, is supposed to coincide with Arranches (D’An Geogr. Anc.— Cellar. Geogr. Ant. 1, 161, Schw.). If we follow Ptolemy, this people rather seem to have occupied what would now correspond to a part of Eastern Normandy, in the district of Ouche, and stretching from the vicinity of the Rille to the banks of the Seine (Mannert, 2, 167). Abro, I. an Athenian, who wrote on the festivals and sacrifices of the Greeks. His work is lost. (Steph. B. s. v. Bárm.)—II. A grammarian of Rhodes, who taught rhetoric at Rome in the reign of Augustus. He was a pupil of Tryphon. (Suid. s. v.)—III. A grammarian, who wrote a treatise on Theocritus, now lost.—IV. An Athenian, son of the orator Lycurgus. (Plut. Wit. X. Orat.)—V. An Argive of most luxurious and dissolute life, who gave rise to the proverb, 'A6povo, Biog (Abromis vita). (Erasm. Chil. p. 487.) AbrocöMAs, I. a son of Darius, by Phrataguna, daughter of Otanes. He accompanied Xerxes in his Grecian expedition, and was slain at Thermopylae. (Herod. 7, 224.)—II. A satrap. (Wid. Supplement.) AbroN or Habrox. Wid. Supplement. Abronius, Silo, a Latin poet of the Augustan age, and the pupil of Porcius Latro. He wrote some fables, now lost. (Senec. Suasor. 2, 23.) Vossius says there were two of this name, father and son. AbroNychus. Wid. Supplement. Abrostöla, a town of Galatia, on the frontiers of Phrygia, and, according to the Itinerary, twenty-four miles from Pessinus. It is recognised by Ptolemy (p. 120), who assigns it to Phrygia Magna. Abröta, the wife of Nisus, king of Megaris. As a memorial of her private virtues, Nisus, after her death, ordered the garments which she wore to become models of female attire in his kingdom. Hence, according to Plutarch, the name of the Megarian robe &gaspoua. (Quest. Graec. p. 294.) A brotöNUM, a town of Africa, near the Syrtis Minor, and identical with Sabrata. (Wid. Sabrata.) Absinthii. Wid. Apsynthii.
Apsyrtides, islands at the head of the Adriatic, in the Sinus Flanaticus, Gulf of Quarnero; named, as tradition reported, from Absyrtus the brother of Medea, who, according to one account, was killed here. (Hygin. 23.-Strabo,315.-Mela,2, 7–Pliny,3,26.) Apollonius Rhodius (4, 330) calls them Brygeides, and states (p. 470) that there was in one of the group a temple erected to the Brygian Diana. Probably the name given to these islands was a corruption of some real apellation, which, though unconnected with the fable, still, from similarity of sound, induced the ets to connect it with the name of Medea's brother. he principal island is Absorus, with a town of the same name. (Ptol. 63.) These four islands are, in modern geography, Cherso, Osero (the ancient Absorus), Ferosina, Chao. (Cramer's Anc. Italy, 1, 137.) Absyrtos, a river falling into the Adriatic Sea, near which Absyrtus was murdered. The more correct form of the name, however, would seem to have been Absyrtis, or, following the Greek, Apsyrtis (‘Ajupri;). Consult Grotius and Corte, ad Luc. Pharsal. 3, 190. Absyrtus ("Apuproc), a son of AEetes, and brother of Medea. According to the Orphic Argonautica (c. 1027), Absyrtus was despatched by his father with a large force in pursuit of Jason and Medea, when their flight was discovered. Medea, on the point of falling into the hands of the young prince, deceived him by a stratagem, and the Argonauts, having slain him, cast his body into the sea. The corpse, floating about for some time, was at last thrown up on one of the islands, thence called Absyrtides. According to Apollonius Rhodius (4, 207), Absyrtus, having reached the Adriatic before the Argonauts, waited there to give them battle. Mutual fear, however, brought about a treaty, by which the Argonauts were to retain the fleece, but Medea was to be placed in one of the neighbouring islands, until some monarch should decide whether she ought to accompany Jason, or return with her brother. Medea, accordingly, was placed on an island sacred to Diana, and the young prince, by treacherous promises, was induced to meet his sister by night in order to persuade her to return. In the midst of their conference he was attacked and slain by Jason, who lay concealed near the spot, and had concerted this scheme in accordance with the wishes of Medea. The body was interred in the island. Both these accounts differ from the common one, which makes Medea to have taken her brother with her in her flight, and to have torn him in pieces to stop her father's pursuit, scattering the limbs of the young prince on the probable route of her parent. This last account makes the murder of Absyrtus to have taken place near Tomi, on the Euxine, and hence the name given to that city, from the Greek Touff, sectio; just as Absyrtus, or Apsyrtus, is said to have been so called from ató and aipo. (Hygin. 23.—Apollod. 1, 9, 24.—Cic. N. D. 3, 19.-Opid, Trist. 3, 9, 11.Heyne, ad Apollod. l.c.). According to the Orphic Poem, Absyrtus was killed on the banks of the Phasis, in Colchis. Abu lites. Wid. Supplement. Abu RíA GENs. Wid. Supplement. Anu RNus Valens. Wid. Supplement. Abus, a river of Britain, now the Humber. Camden (Brit., p. 634) derives the ancient name from the old British word Aber, denoting the mouth of a river, or an estuary. The appellation will suit the Humber extremely well, as it is rendered a broad estuary by the waters of the Ouse. Aavpi. Nus, I. a pupil of Berosus, flourished 268 B.C. He wrote in Greek an historial account of the Chaldeans, Babylonians, and Assyrians, some fragments of which have been preserved for us by Eusebius, Cyrill, and Syncellus. An important fragment, which clears up some difficulties in Assyrian history,
has been discovered in the Armenian translation of the Chronicon of Eusebius–II. A surname of Palaephatus. (Wid. Palaphatus, IV.) Abydos, 1. a celebrated city of Upper Egypt, northwest of Diospolis Parva. Strabo (813) describes it as once next to Thebes in size, though reduced in his days to a small place. The same writer mentions the palace of Memnon in this city, built on the plan of the labyrinth, though less intricate. Osiris had here a splendid temple, in which neither vocal nor instrumental music was allowed at the commencement of sacrifices. Plutarch (de Is... et Os, 359, 471, Wy't.) makes this the true burial-place of Osiris, an honour . to which so many cities of Egypt aspired; he also informs us that the more distinguished Egyptians frequently selected Abydos for a place of sepulture. (Zoéga, de Obel. 284.—Creuzer's Comment. Herod. 1, 97.) All this proves the high antiquity of this city, and accounts for the consideration in which it was held. Ammianus Marcellinus states (19, 12) that there was a very ancient oracle of the god Besa in this place, to which applications were wont to be made orally and in .# (Compare Euseb. H. E. 6, 41.) Abydos is now a heap of ruins, as its modern name, Madfuné, implies. The ancient appellation has been made to signify, by the aid of the Coptic, “abode, or habitation, common to many.” (Creuzer, l.c., l, 100.)—II. An ancient city of Mysia, in Asia Minor, founded by the Thracians, and still inhabited by them after the Trojan war. Homer (Il 2, 837) represents it as under the sway of prince Asius, a name associated with many of the earliest religious traditions of the ancient world (vid. Asia). At a later period the Milesians sent a strong colony to this place to aid their com merce with the shores of the Propontis and Euxine. (Strabo,591.--Thuc. 8, 62.) Abydos was directly on the Hellespont, in nearly the narrowest part of the strait. This, together with its strong walls and safe harbour, soon made it a place of importance. It is remarkable for its resistance against Philip the Younger, of Macedon, who finally took it, partly by force, partly by stratagem. (Polyb. 16, 31.) In this quarter, too, was laid the scene of the fable of Hero and Leander. Over against Abydos was the European town Sestos; not directly opposite, however, as the latter was somewhat to the north. The ruins of Abydos are still to be seen on a promontory of low land, called Nagara-Bornou, or Pesquies Point. (Hobhouse's Jour. 2,217, Am. ed.) Wheeler has rectified in this particular the mistake of Sandys (Voyage, 1,74), who supposed the modern castle of Natolia to be on the site of the ancient Abydos. The castles Chanák-Kalessi, or SultanicKalessi, on the Asiatic side, and Chelit-Bawri, or Kelidir-Bahar, on the European shore, are called by the Turks Bogaz-Hessarleri, and by the Franks the old castles of Natolia and Roumelia. The town of Chanāk-Kalessi, properly called Dardanelles, has extended its name to the strait itself (Hobhouse, 215). Over the strait between Abydos and Sestos, Xerxes caused two bridges to be erected when marching against Greece, and it was here that, seated on an eminence, where a throne had been erected for him, he surveyed his fleet, which covered the Hellespont, while the neighbouring plains swarmed with his innumerable troops. (Herod. 7,44.) The intelligent traveller above quoted remarks: “The Thracian side of the strait. immediately opposite to Nagara, is a strip of stony shore, projecting from behind two cliffs; and to this spot, it seems, the European extremities of Xerxes' bridges must have been applied, for the height of the neighbouring cliffs would have prevented the Persian monarch from adjusting them to any other position. There is certainly some ground to believe, that this was the exact point of shore called from that circumstance Apobathra (Strabo, 591), since there is, within any probable distance, no other flat * the Thra3