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104 pages

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Published Aug 2022

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Salmydessus; Thrace; Thracians; Xenophon; Strabo

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Who Were the Plunderers of Salmydessus?

By Miroslav Ivanov Vasilev

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A discussion of ten references (from different periods) concerning the piratical activities of the Thracians at Salmydessus in an attempt to identify who these Thracians were. It is a historical work, with a strong element of Quellenforschung, and provides a comprehensive examination of the literary and epigraphic evidence relevant to the topic.



Preface ;

I. Introduction ;

II. Strabo ;
II.1. Strabo’s Data on Salmydessus. The Provisional Chronological Framework of the Astaean Presence at Salmydessus ;
II.2. Lower Chronological Limit of the Astaean Presence at Salmydessus ;
II.3. Upper Chronological Limit of the Astaean Presence at Salmydessus ;

III. Xenophon, Diodorus, Periplus Ponti Euxini, and Anonymous Periplus Ponti Euxini ;
III.1. Xenophon ;
III.2. Diodorus ;
III.3. Periplus Ponti Euxini ;
III.4. Anonymous Periplus Ponti Euxini ;

IV. The Strasbourg Epodes ;
IV.1. The First Epode ;
IV.2. The Thracians ἀκρόκομοι ;
IV.3. Thyni in Europe, Thyni in Asia ;
IV.4. Migration of Thyni from Europe into Asia ;
IV.5. Were the Thracians from the Epode Thyni? ;

V. Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica ;

VI. Dionysius of Byzantium ;

VII. The Geographical Features of Salmydessus as a Factor for Piratical Activity Through the Centuries ;

VIII. Conclusions ;

Appendix: Principal Sources Discussed in the Text ;

Bibliography ;


About the Author

Miroslav Ivanov Vasilev is an assistant professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). He has published a book and articles concerning ancient Thrace and Macedonia, including The Policy of Darius and Xerxes towards Thrace and Macedonia (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2015).