A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology, and by William Smith

By William Smith

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Abae -arum), an old city of Phocis, at the obstacles of Boeotia; celebrated for an old temple and oracle of Apollo, who therefore derived t e surname of Abacus.

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5. 18. 2; lower casualties, but in proportion to their lower figure for Porus' army, are given in the vulgate tradition (Diod. 17. 89. 1-2; Metz Epit. 61). 54 Cf. Arr. 4. 22. 4 (Sisicottus3 the commandant at Aornus, a political exile in Bactria). Similarly Oxydates, Alexander's first satrap of Media, was appointed because he had been out of favour and imprisoned by Darius (Arr. 3. 3; Curt. 6. 2. n ) 3 while in Parthyaea the appointee was Amminapes3 who had surrendered Egypt to Alexander and had previously spent a period of exile at the Macedonian court (Arr.

On the background to this campaign see Ch. 5. 62 Arr. i~6 = FGrH 139 F 54. Cf. Berve ii nos. 101,618. The story is repeated by Plutarch (AI. 3-5), who claims that information was given against Apollodorus; according to Aristobulus he voluntarily confessed. Plutarch follows a tradition different from Aristobulus, in which Apollodorus was actually incriminated (so Hammond, Sources 142). The version of the story in App. BC 2. 152. 639-40 is an elaboration of Arrian (see now K. Brodersen, Klio 70 (1988) 463-4), and naturally adds nothing of substance.

There are three accounts. The first is what we might term the 'official' version, the Third Narrative Letter ('Carta de Relacion') written by Cortes himself. 214-15), where he defends his abandonment of the traditional 'Ptolemaios-Kult': 'nur zu haufig die Offiziellen die eigentlich grossen Lugner sind'. Schachermeyr's attitude to the sources is not as unique as he would have us believe; in his tolerance of the vulgate tradition he was preceded by Georges Radet. However, his indictment of the official record is memorably passionate.

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