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Und im Blick auf Orpheus bzw. Orphisches ist seine Wirkungsgeschichte sein Weiterleben im Denken der anderen nicht weniger wichtig als sein reales uns weniger bekanntes Leben.

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Das ist der Fall, wenn die Spur also, so George Duby, um ihrer selbst willen zu untersuchen ist. Wir werden hier jene Fragen der orphischen Kosmologie behandeln, die Proklos so interpretiert hat, dass sie zur Illustration des Zusammenhangs zwischen dem kosmischen Modell paradeigma, autozoon und dem Demiurgen Platons dienen. Die Spur also um ihrer selbst willen zu untersuchen. Brisson, Proclus et l Orphisme. Timaioskommentare des Proklos auf russisch. Daher werde ich hier nur diejenigen Aspekte behandeln, die auch vom Gesichtspunkt der Philosophie des Proklos aus besonders wichtig sind.

Darunter verstehe ich u. Dabei gab Proklos zu, dass selbst Platon manchmal Mythen schrieb. Alexidze, Ioane Petrizi und die antike Philosophie. I , t. II , t. III , t. IV , t. V , t. Genauso verfurhen auch die anderen Neuplatoniker. I , 21 Diehl. The Final Phase of Ancient Thought. I , 12 Diehl. Paris, Librairie Vrin , p Weiter zitiert: I 13, Diehl. I 13, 13 Diehl. I, 8, Diehl. I , 7 ff. I , 2 Diehl der Weg von der Physik zur Theologie. Praechter, Richtungen und Schulen im Neuplatonismus. Denn im entsprechenden Teil des Timaios schildert Platon eher irdische oder historische als philosophische sei es aus der Physik oder aus der Theologie Probleme, wie z.

Sie lassen sich aber auch theologisch interpretieren: Der Demiurg Platons und orphischer Zeus. The Timaeus of Plato translated with a running commentary. New York , p. Cornford, Plato's Cosmology ; A. Le Dieu inconnu et la Gnose. Paris, Librairie Lecoffre, p ; appendice II: Revue philosophique de la France et de l'etranger , t. Vittorio Klostermann, , S , , weiter zitiert: Deuse, Der Demiurg bei Porphyrios und Iamblich. Die Philosophie des Neuplatonismus, Hrsg.

Buchgesellschaft , p weiter zitiert: Beierwaltes, Pronoia und Freiheit in der Philosophie des Proklos. Freiburg Schweiz ; ders. I , 32; , 5, , Diehl. I 12, Diehl. Traduction et notes par A. Vrin , p weiter zitiert: Deuse, Der Demiurg, p S. I , Amelios meinte, der bedeutendeste von drei Demiurgen sei der Intelligible derjenige, der mit dem orphischen Phanes identisch ist.

Im vierten Buch des Kommentars kritisiert Proklos diese Meinung. Der erste Geist entspricht bei Amelios, so Proklos, dem Autozoon Platons dem Paradeigma, der zweite den Ideen, die sich in ihm befinden, und der dritte Geist sieht, d. Das ist die Ansicht des Amelios, so wie Proklos sie wiedergibt. Dabei bezeichnete Iamblichos den ganzen intelligiblen Kosmos als Demiurgen. Kein Wunder, dass unter den 36 Orph. I , , 25 Diehl. Problems of the Soul in the Neoaristotelian and Neoplatonic Tradition. Iamblichos identifizierte so Proklos den Demiurgen mit dem intelligiblen Kosmos und behauptete ganz gerecht dass das paradigmatische Prinzip im Demiurgen sei.

I , 17 Diehl. Alles in Allem gut zum orphischen Zeus passt. In seinen Kommentaren zu de caelo des Aristoteles schrieb Simplikios: I , , 6 Diehl. I , Diehl. III , 9 Diehl: Orpheus hat diesen Gott Phanes genannt, weil er die intelligiblen Henaden sichtbar gemacht hat. I , 6 , 3 Diehl. Simplicius in de caelo commentaria. Berlin , I 3, a12, p. Im Kommentar zu Platons Timaios 36c behauptete Proklos, der Nous enthalte in sich Unterschiede, genauso wie die kosmische Seele, die aus den Kreisen von Selbigkeit und Andersheit zusammengesetzt sei und in sich die Unterschiede enthalte; denn nicht alles im Geist ist von gleicher Kraft, und es ist in ihm etwas was mehr ist als Ganzes und etwas was mehr ist als Teil.

Deswegen, denke ich, schreibt Orpheus folgende Zeilen, die die Abfolge der Reihen im Demiurgen zeigen sollen: Dabei kritisiert Proklos Aristoteles, der die Existenz der Ordnung im Demiurgen verneinte, der aber zugab, dass diese Ordnung in den geschaffenen Dingen existierte; das Gute aber sei in beiden, d. Das bedeutet, so A. Procli philosophi platonici opera inedita, pars tertia, ed. Paris , b, p. I ,19 25 Diehl. I , 32 Diehl.

Der eine wird angeschaut, der andere schaut. Dies treffe, meint Proklos, mit der Meinung des Syrianos zusammen, der den Phanes Protogonos mit dem platonischen Autozoon identifizierte. Der Demiurg bei Platon sieht das Paradeigma an und schafft den sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Kosmos, ebenso wie Zeus bei Orpheus nach dem Hinunterschlucken des Phanes die ganze intelligible Welt in sich umfasst, und dann erschafft er ihn wieder, als ob er ihn aus sich selbst 53 Procl.

I , 5 6 Diehl; Procl. Commentaria in Procli Diadochi Stoicheiosin theologiken. Textum Hibericum ediderunt commentariisque instruxerunt S. Kauchtschischvili, Tbilisi auf Georgisch , p. Oriens Christianus 81, , p Procl. I , 14; , 29 Diehl; Orph. I , , 3 Diehl; Orph. Und genau das ist eine der wichtigsten Fragen des Timaioskommentars: Proklos denkt, dass Nicht-sehen ausgeschlossen sei: Verschiedene Meinungen dazu wurden von Proklos selbst angegeben.

Auch bei Petrizi wurde diese Frage mehrmals besprochen. I , ; , Diehl. Der Demiurg also sei auf sich selbst bezogen, das bedeutet, dass das Intelligible in ihm selbst sei. Proklos bezog sich auf Plat. I , , Cornford, Plato' s Cosmology, p. Denn der Geist existiert nicht ohne das Geistige noeton , und es gibt kein Geistiges ohne den Geist Procl. III , 1 Diehl; Orph. III , Diehl. Dabei unterscheide sich die demiurgische Wirkung des Paradeigma von der des Demiurgen: Auch diese Tatsache gibt ihm Gelegenheit folgendes zu behaupten: Phanes sei aus dem ersten Ei entsprungen, in dem sich das erste Lebewesen im spermatischen Zustand befand.

Aus dem Ei komme das Lebewesen. Auch deshalb sei die orphische Mythologie eine Illustration der Platonischen Philosophie. Proklos behauptet, wenn das Erste, das aus der Grenze und aus der 69 Procl. I , ; , 31 Diehl. I , 31 Diehl. Recherches sur la tradition platonicienne Platon, Aristote, Proclus, Damascius. Vrin , p Procl. III , 12 Diehl. III , , 1 Diehl. I , 6 Diehl. So erschien Phanes, der dem Autozoon entspricht. Bei Orpheus werde es dadurch gezeigt, dass Phanes den Kopf verschiedener Tiere hat, und er ist bisexuell, 76 er hat Federn. Dabei hat Proklos die orphischen Mythen philosophisch interpretiert.

Beim Anschauen des intelligiblen Autozoon hat der Demiurg einen sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Kosmos erschaffen. Nach der Ansicht von Proklos gibt es also eine Analogie zwischen dem Platonischen Anschauen und dem orphischen Verschlucken. Nur die Ausdrucksformen ihrer Gedanken sind verschieden: Orpheus habe seine 75 Procl. I , 1 , 21 Diehl. I , , 22 Diehl. I , 22 Diehl. Alexidze, Ioane Petrizi und die antike Philosophie, p.

More so that Plato was aware of mystery religions and esoteric teaching. A symbol is a key to the vast world of philosophy, mythology, literature, and art. It is a universal aesthetic category as ancient as a human mind. A symbol with the help of a figurative language reveals a mysterious implication of a literary work and makes it possible for us to understand it deeply. Shelling says that poetry is a permanent symbolization. From the point of view of symbolic-allegoric interpretation it is very interesting to mention an observation of C.

In Phaedo Plato tells us: To Rowe s mind, Socrates change of physical position parallels a shift in the discussion to more serious matters. He is no longer the poet, but the philosopher. Plato deliberately notes that the philosopher was seated higher. Such allusion is not accidental. There is a symbol in sitting in a physically higher position. It reminds us the privileges of Socrates. He is spiritually superlative as well. In the present case spiritual is expressed by means of physical though physical itself derives from spiritual.

We would like to stress the peculiar function of silence in Phaedo. It has a symbolic meaning and at the same time it is a compositional device. Ben Ioseb III c. Silence is the fence of wisdom. Isaac from Syria said that speech is the weapons of our everyday life, and silence is the mystery of the future life, of the next world. When people are silent they get absorbed in themselves, mobilize their spiritual power and focus their attention. It is the preparation to gain the Logos. Socrates silence is meaningful too. It is not a mere pause, an automatic ceasing of the dialogue. It means that one of the stages of the dialogue is over and gives to the interlocutors a chance to think over the said Silence makes it possible to begin the following stage of the reasoning.

Socrates told his friends the reason of a philosopher s courage. When Socrates had said this, there was silence for a long time. The renewed conversation concerns the theory soul as a harmony. After Simmias and Cebes had been sure that spirit was not harmony there came silence again. And that was followed by the account of Socrates intellectual history, 2 by seeking the reason of the things.

He drains dry his cup without any hesitation; his look becomes blank and he is silent again. Now Socrates silence is infinite. According to Olympiodorus statement, in Athens a condemned to death was punished only after the sunset. At the beginning of the work we 2 Gallop D. Perhaps, it is a tradition and a real fact, but we think there is a symbol in it as well.

Through the entire dialogue the reader is awaiting for the dusk and therefore, he unconsciously identifies it with Socrates death. The philosopher s death is identified with the sunset, disappearance of the light, strength, and holiness. The sun is setting and Socrates life is coming to the end Phaedo, b Another passage of Phaedo has some symbols too.

In the opening part of the work Socrates friends gather in front of the prison, they talk and wait for the door to be opened. They visit Socrates and spend the day talking to him Phaedo, 59d Opening of the door is very important for Phaedo and his friends. The door opens; they enter and acquire the new spiritual experience. They ascend a new stage of the spiritual development. If much had been unclear and mysterious for them before, later, when the door was opened, by means of the philosophic conversation they obtained the divine wisdom.

In the world literature and art opening of a door, a gate, drawing of a curtain are the symbols of coming closer to the Divine World. The word door has something in common with the word of the Lord and heavenly wisdom. I am the gate for the sheep John, In Acts when Paul and Sila were praying, suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken; all the prison doors flew open and the preaching of the word of the Lord began Acts,.

In Matthew s Testament the curtain of the temple was torn in two, the earth shook and the rocks split. It was the sign of Jesus resurrection. The centurion and those with him who were guarding exclaimed that surely He had been the Son of God Matthew,. Tearing of the temple curtain is again connected with coming closer to Truth and ascendance the new stage of spiritual development.

The symbol is present in the artistic world of The Knight in the Panther s Skin. The attendant drew back a fold of the curtains , and there comes a sudden change in Tariel s life. He falls in love with Nestan and starts seeking for his lost divine self. In Mark s Testament Jesus healed the sick and demon-possessed people who had gathered at the door Mark,. Socrates was not only a teacher and a friend for the rest characters; he was a healer as well.

The philosopher healed sato them of fright and cowardice that was the. All happened after the prison door was opened Phaedo, 89a5. The door opens behind the visible veil of the phenomenon we should notice the meaning that is concealed for the physical sight. The study of Phaedo from its artistic point of view has made it clear that the dialogue meets all requirements that the most refined reader claims to a true literature work.

Various poetic and oratorical devices are skillfully and perfectly used in it. Due to his gifts, fantasy and flair, the author fills them with unique charm and thoughtfulness; but each artistic device used by Plato is a way to the expression of a philosophic idea. The first one, which is the largest, includes several interesting expressions, which I find worthwhile to dwell upon. There is an identical inscription on the reverse side of the stele. A newly discovered inscription from Pirabat, near Alashkert. Here and in the following three lines, N.

Ro 27, Vo Salvini draws a distinction between two ideograms denoting king: The aiding forces of the kings of the land of Etiuhi 24 came to their assistance. Haldi is powerful, Haldi s weapon is powerful. Gabeskiria shared with me his opinion about the plausibility of associating the name with Erusheti. However, in other contexts the names appear in a different order: Salvini sees it as one word: Presumably, it was located near modern Alashkert.

Harutyunyan reconstructs ta-nu-bi and offers the following translation: I paved my way against However, this interpretation is associated with some contradictions, which the scholar points out himself: Paiteru found in the annals of Tiglath-Pileser may refer to the same tribes Asatiani He who will ruin this inscription, who will destroy it, burries it in the earth, throw in water, who will replace it, conceal it away from the sun, who will enforce someone else to do so, telling him Destroy the inscriotion!

The land of Etiuhi, as mentioned, was a great union of South Caucasian tribes, or their collective name and comprised a greater part of the modern Armenian territory. It is associated with a number of tribes in the Urartian texts The last phrase is usually left untranslated though part of the words in it are known. For more details, see below. But rendering the names of the deities with ideograms is to be understood as an intentional ambiguity aimed at the maximum effect. The Urartians would perceive the triad as their own supreme gods, while the conquered people would interpret it as the unity of the Urartian and local deities and would treat the inscription with more awe Gordeziani Thus, the Klarjis and their allies must have been active in an area by far south than the historical territory of Klarjeti.

The texts refer to the campaigns of the northern tribes to the right bank of the Araxes river; 3. These tribes settled a vast territory from the right bank of the Araxes river to the historical Klarjeti 34 and possibly, even more northenwards. However, in this case, at the end of the 9 th century, Katarza must have been a large and powerful formation, comparable with Urartu of the period. If identified with Daiaeni of the Assyrian texts, 35 it must have been a regional leader throughout several centuries. Thus, the choice is to be made between the first and the second versions.

I believe the text contains indirect hints that may guide us along the two options. CTU A describes the same event with different formulae: Returning from the land, they found this spring. In some cases they may not be understood in their direct sense, but can be regarded as standard structures designating a successful campaign in general. The ways of referring to enemies are also worthwhile to consider. CTU A, , , , , Thus some territories were called after their principal city, while others were nominated after their inhabitants. The same ethnopolitical unit could be expressed by different formulae depending on the context.

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We could plausibly assume that Minua finally subdued the region and the local tribes. The Urartian expansion northwards continued and victorious inscriptions appear as far as the areas of Erserum and Kars e. CTU A , They conquer modern Armenia and build fortifications there. It is not difficult to reconstruct the main points of the route: Apart from the text in question, it also appears in texts A , the territory of modern Gyumri. The route is quite logical taking into account the mountainous landsacpe of the region. Where did he go afterwards to the north-east or to the south or south-west , to reach Apuni and Uiteruhi?

According to the texts, Apuni and Uiteruhi seem to be quite distant lands. Regrettably, it is not easy to establish the exact localization of the lands only by the study of the routes. Linguistic material can also be of some help. Urartian texts abound in place and ethnic names that later appear in Greek, Armenian and Georgian sources to refer to the tribes and settlements of the region. Though many identifications are disputable, the number of the place names may compel an assumption that Urartu had relations with the more or less developed ethnocutural and political world rather than with separate individual tribes whose location is not identified.

While a couple of place names and, moreover, ethnonyms could have plausibly changed their location over centuries, it is less likely to expect a shift of the whole system of place names. Therefore, when attempting to specify the location of the place names found in the Urartian texts, which can be more or less reliably identified with Georgian and Armenian place names attested in other sources, we could take into consideration their later location Gordeziani a: Though part of the words are known to us, the whole formula is not translated.

According to Diakonoff, kam a ni may denote the previous, earlier referred. In the above-mentioned text, it presumably refers to a certain group of men and women. There is no translation available for inini gurdari. It must denote a state in which the people mentioned must have found themselves. The phrase follows the description of the Urartians trophies and presumably refers to the fate of some of the captives. It is also reflected in the Urartian texts, 44 where in the formula rendering the act of taking captives, the reference to human trophies is normally followed by the phrases I have slaughtered some and took others alive.

However, we also come across the following phrase: In my opinion, a special mention of taking captives to the capital city may imply that they were treated as hostages. Seizing hostage could serve as a lever for giving one s relations with a half beaten enemy a desirable direction. CTU A , , , , , , , , , M Geographical Names according to Urartian texts, Wiesbaden.

Scholars continue to argue whether in the initial version of the myth the destination of the expedition was indeed Colchis or whether the version developed after Greek settlements started to appear in the Black Sea region, while before then, the Land of Aeetes could have been thought to be located somewhere in Ethiopia 1. If the tradition anyway refers to the Black Sea littoral, then it could have been the southern part, i. As the question has been covered in many works 5 , now I will only attempt to give a brief account of the arguments set forth by the supporters of the traditional viewpoint the identification of the land of Aeetes with Colchis already in the early versions of the myth: As concerns the part of the myth relating about the Argonauts flee from from Aeetes and the settlement of the Colchian pursuers in the Adriatic, it remains less explored.

As it is known, three important philologists and poets of the Hellinistic period, Calimachus, Lycophron and Apollonius of Rhodes employ the version where the Colchians reach the Adriatic in. This version obviously became quite popular since then. Though a number of details remained disputable for a long time, none of the ancient authors doubted the Colchians settlement in the Adriatic. The version is supported by such reliable and scrupulous authors as Strabo and Pliny the Senior.

The following question may naturally arise: While the issue has so far been found historically irrelevant in Georgian scholarship, those interested in Paleo-Balkan questions see some historical truth in the episode, while companies interested in attracting tourists to the Adriatic resorts obviously find it quite profitable to incorporate the region into the scope of Argonautica 7. As I have pointed out already in 8 , the issue truly deserves closer attention of Georgian scholars. This prompts me to offer a deeper insight into the question. First, let us recall some details of the Colchian pursuit, so exhaustively described by Apollonius of Rhodes IV, ff: Aeetes sends his ships, led by Medea s brother Apsyrtus, in pursuit of Argo.

Enraged Aeetes requires back her treacherous daughter. At first, Argo takes the same route by which she arrived in Colchis. However, on the coast of the Paphlagonians, at the mouth of the river Halys, Medea advises the sailors to sacrifice a thank offering to Hecate and erect a temple in her honour. Having done so, the sailors remember the words of the seer Phineus who warned them to return home by a different route. Therefore, they sail along the banks of Istros, from where they enter the Adriatic Sea and reach the Brygean isles of Artemis. Apollonius notes that part of the Colchian pursuers left Pontus by passing between the Cyanean rocks IV, , i.

As concerns the Argonauts, they entered the river by another mouth, Narex. This enabled the Colchians to get to the Adriatic before the Argonauts. They passed by the boundaries of the Scythians, mingled with the Thracians, the Sigynni, the Graucenii and the Sindi, inhabiting the vast desert plain of Laurium, afterwards they passed by mount Angurum, and the cliff of Cauliacus, by which, according to Apollonius, Istros, dividing its stream, falls into the sea on this side and on that.

Finally, they reached the Laurian plain and then sailed into the Cronian, i. The Colchians occupied all the islands expect two Brygean isles of. On one of these islands was a sacred temple, while on the other landed the Argonauts, who had sailed into the Adriatic later. As the Argonauts had no chance to escape, they decided to reach the following agreement with Apsyrtus: As the Golden Fleece was obtained by Jason through the fulfillment of Aeetes tasks, it would remain with the Colchians by justice, while Medea would stay in the temple of Artemis until any of the righteous kings would decided whether she ought to return home or accompany the Argonauts.

Medea, frightened and exasperated at the decision, offered a new, vicious plan, which would enable them to slaughter Apsyrtus. She would persuade her brother that the Argonauts had taken her away by force. Then she would entice him aboard for a face-to-face talk with the help of messengers and precious gifts, while ambushed Jason would take a chance to kill him. When the scheme was implemented successfully, the Argonauts fiercely destroyed the Colchians, left without the leader, and escaped the other Colchian ships under the veil of night.

When in the mourning the pursuers learned about the death of their leader, they searched the whole Adriatic but could not find Argo. The Colchians, awaiting Aeetes wrath, refused to return to their homeland, and decided to remain in the foreign region. Some of them settled on two Brygean islands, where the Argonauts had been staying, and their progeny was called the Apsyrtides in memory of Apsyrtus. Some built a city by the Illyrian river, near the Encheleans, where there is the tomb of Harmonia and Cadmus.

Others found their home amid the mountains which are called Ceraunian. Thus, Apollonius specifies three regions in the Adriatic where the Colchians settled: Other sources offer additional information about the Colchian Diaspora in the Adriatic: Mela II 57 ; b they settled near Dizerus river, which was given a name after the search for Meadea Lycophr together with scholia of Tzetzes, Steph.

It can be presumed that the Colchians, who came to the Adriatic via the Istros river, must eventually have been joined by their compatriots that had followed the Bosporus, as the latter too would have been reluctant to return to Colchis, for the fear of Aeetes wrath 9. The Colchian pursuers are an intrinsic detail of the homebound Argonauts adventures, which would gradually modify along with the expansion of the Greeks geographical awareness.

Some earlier authors believed that the Argonauts had sailed from Phasis through Oceanus to the south, till they reached the Libyan desert by crossing the Erythrian Sea. There they carried Argo on their shoulders for 12 days till they came to Lake Tritonis and afterwards reached the Mediterranean Sea via the Nile Hecat.

Others believed that the Argonauts returned to their homeland by the same route as they had taken to Colchis Herodor. After the Hellenes knowledge of the Balck Sea georgaphy expanded, part of the authors came up with a version that the Argonauts sailed into the Tanais river and from there carried Argo on their shoulders to the Northern Ocean, then sailed to the Pillars of Hercule, i.

This version was obviously shared by Callimachus. Some authors supporting this version found that from Istros the Argonauts carried their vessel on their shoulders to a river flowing into the Adriatic Peisandr. Zosimos, V 29, Iust. Bearing in mind the Greeks knowledge of the world geography before the classical period, it will become clear why the Argonauts route invited controversial ideas. In the period when the myth was developed, presumably, appr. The 11 th th centuries, the only body of water which the Greeks called sea was the Mediterranean, while the rest of the world was believed to be washed by the Oceanus, the world river, where continents were dispersed as islands, i.

As concerns the Black Sea, the Greeks ideas were controversial. The Black Sea too was considered to be a sea or pontos, but it was supposed to be connected with the Oceanus, the world river, and with the Mediterranean Sea by Hellespont. Its southern shores were inhabited by the peoples. One of those tribes was called the Halizones, which presumably is a speaking name meaning surrounded by the Sea This means that Homer associated them with the sea. As concerns the destination of the Argo, Aeetes city, according to Mimnermus, it was located on the bank of Oceanus fr. According to the Odyssey, the island of Circe must have been located in the Sea of Aeaea.

The ship coming from the land of the Cymmerians had left the stream of the river Oceanus and had come to the wave of the broad sea, and the Aeaean isle Hence, if Mymnermus locates the city of Aeetes on the bank of the Oceanus, then Aeaea island, which according to Homer, was in the same area, must have been located in the open sea. In connection with the Oceanus, I would like to highlight one important point that deals with relationship of Aea with Ethiopia.

In his work Aia 12 , A. Lesky suggests that in the Odyssey the land of Aeetes and Aeaea Island, related to it, are supposed to be located in the same region as Ethiopia in the early beliefs of the Hellenes. His central argument is that both locations are associated with Helios. According to the Odyssey, Aeaea is the island where is the dwelling of early Dawn and her dancing-lawns, and the risings of the sun Od. Mimnermus further specifies that the rays of Helios rest in a golden chamber thalamos on the bank of Oceanus in the city of Aeetes, Mala 11a.

According to the Odyssey I, 22ff. In his other fragments, Mimnermus further specifies the details of Helios route Fr. Neither he nor his horses can take a breath. When Eos rises from the Oceanus, he flits on his goldwinged bed, fashioned by Hephaestus, from the land of the Hesperides to the land of the Ethiopians, where swift steeds harnessed to a chariot await him. Having mounted his chariot, Helios starts his ascent.

Proceeding from this, A. Lesky and his followers believe Ethiopia to be the place from where Helios rises. As according to the Odyssey, in Aeaea there are the palace and Eos and the place of sunrise, the land of the Ethiopians and the island of Circe can be considered to be in the same geographical area. In my opinion, the supporters of this statement must have overlooked a point which I will attempt to expound below. Let us remember the Odyssey. It contains a number of passages about the island of Circe. Neither Circe and Hermes nor the poet himself ever mentions.

Nor does the well-known extract from Mimnermus anyway associate the land of Aeetes with Ethiopia. In my opinion, when describing the places of sunrise and sunset, Homer and Mimnermus follow the mythopoetic tradition. According to it, the farthest east, symbolically represented by Ethiopia, and the farthest west again Ethiopia in Homer and the land of the Hesperides in Mimnermus are the members of the binary opposition: He neutralizes the opposition by his motion.

As concerns the land of the Aeetes, Helios, being Aeetes father, is linked with it genetically. Evidently, there existed another tradition in connection with the sunrise, which said that the rays of Helios were stored in his son s land, likewise located in the farthest east. However, Homer and Mimnermus do not relate this land to Ethiopia, neither do they claim that Helios swift steeds and chariot were to be found here or that this land was the beloved place for gods to carouse. Consequently, in early sources the land of Aeetes and the Island of Circe were not related to the land Ethiopia.

Was the episode of the Colchian pursuit part of the early versions of the myth of the Argonauts? I believe the very logic of story most plausibly indicates that it was. It is difficult to imagine that the son of Helios, the powerful king could take no notice of the seizure of the Golden Fleece. A hint at this can be seen already in the Homeric Odyssey, where Argo is referred to as famed by all Od.

Therefore, I believe that the story of taking Medea against her father s will, Medea s complicity in slaughtering her brother, her assistance in overcoming the dangers and the Colchian pursuers reluctance to return to Colchis for the fear of Aeetes must have been known already in the early versions of the myth. Individual details of the pursuit would vary in accordance with the poets imagination. Apsyrtus episode could be cited as an example: It is difficult to say which version is earlier: Unlike these details, whose versions vary in different accounts, the episode of the Colchian pursuit is reported almost in all versions.

That the pursuers could not capture the Argonauts and were therefore unable to return home seems to be taken for granted in all the accounts. Since the 3 rd century BC, ancient sources claim insistently that the pursuers settled in the Adriatic. The specialists of Paleo-Balkan studies attempt to justify the information by considering historical facts. They believe that after the Milesian colonists discovered Colchis in the 7 th -6 th centuries BC and the expedition of the Argonauts became closely associated with the eastern Black Sea littoral, the relations between the Mediterranean and Colchis intensified.

At the time, part of the Milesian colonists migrated from Colchis to the Adriatic, which could have generated the version of the Colchians settlement in the Adriatic. Thus, along with the transformation of the myth in the Hellenistic period, the migration of Greek colonists could have been reflected in the pursuers episode However, such interpretation of the information provided by ancient authors may not seem plausible enough as the learned men of the Hellenistic period are less likely to have confused Greek colonists with autochthonic Colchians; or Calimachus, a merited philologist, could hardly have failed to realize that the word which he took for Colchian in fact belonged to the language of the Greek colonists.

These observations prompt the following question: How else can we explain the information provided in Greek sources about the Colchian settlement in the Adriatic? I believe they can be associated with possible relations between Colchis and the Adriatic in the 15 th th centuries BC, which can be inferred from archeological and linguistic evidence. Archeological evidence reveals interesting encounters between Colchis and the so-called Terramare and Danube valley cultures dated to the 2 nd millennium and the early 1 st millennium BC The encounters are so significant that some scholars even do not rule out the existence of a Colchian ethnic element in these regions of Europe Anyway, close relations between the regions in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages are found fairly plausible.

Elements typical of Colchian culture appear in northern Italy and the Danube area after a strong Kartvelian component. The Colchian Migration apparently started a new stage in the relations between the Kartvelian tribes and the Balkan, Danube and northern Italian regions, which was reflected in archeological as well as linguistic data. In this connection, it would be interesting to study the substrate vocabulary of modern Adriatic inhabitants, whose languages are mostly Slavonic.


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Now I will only confine myself to ancient Macedonian vocabulary preserved in ancient Greek sources. I will dwell on several so-called Macedonian formatives that are not attested either in the Mycenaean or the Homeric epics. This may compel us to assume that the formatives must have been unknown to Pre-Greek and early Greek dialects and must have been considered by Greek lexicographers to be pure macedonisms Let us discuss several of them: The form is not widespread in Greek and its origin is not known The Macedonian formative obviously stems from the common Kartvelian variant of the pre-differentiation period rather than from the later Zan stem.

The second version with i, according to notes mentioned by Strabo V , was used in Magna Graecia by the Cymmerians to denote an underground dwelling. The etymology is unknown I believe the root must have been borrowed by Macedonian from the same source. Its etymology is unknown A formative corresponding to the Georgian-Zan root can be found in Macedonian. Thus, the dal-, qal- root implied the meaning of saltiness. In this case too, the Macedonian formative shows relations with the Kartvelian archetypical root.

Its homophonic equivalent in Greek had different meanings: Strabo V, C presents an extract from Calimachus, according to which the Colchian pursuers of Argo founded a city and, as mentioned above, called it Pola, which in their language denoted fugitives. This etymology, attested in Calimachus fragments, is also mentioned by a number of other ancient authors. Bearing in mind Calimachus erudition, his statements are to be treated with due consideration and should not be taken for his poetic imagination, all the more so that no convincing etymology of the place name has so far been offered.

It is highly likely that the rb- cluster im anlaut could have lost the first consonant r when borrowed by Greek, while Kartvelian b, due to its relatively low degree of voicing, could have been replaced by p in Greek It is mentioned as early as by Hesiod in the so-called Catalogue of Rivers Theog. A river with the same name is also attested on the island of Crete, giving name to the city of Istron, analogically with a number of place names with istr- element found in the Danube area The meaning of the root can be related to some quality of a river.

Taking into account the swift flow of the affluent Danube River, the meaning of the root could be associated with swiftness.

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The study of ancient proper names and vocabulary associated with the Danube area and the Adriatic, especially its so-called Illyrian part, may further reveal a number of interesting linguistic encounters. As concerns the above-considered examples, they may prompt the following hypothesis: If the discussed formatives are really Kartvelian borrowings, they must have penetrated the region and languages in question before the 1 st millennium BC as they are marked by common Georgian-Zan and not merely Zan properties.

Hence, it is difficult to agree with those who associate the myths about the Colchian settlement in the Adriatic with the migration of part of the Ionian colonists inhabiting the eastern Black Sea littoral in the 6 th -5 th centuries BC. It is unlikely that the Hellenistic authors could have confused the Ionian Greeks with the Colchians. That the Colchians were known as early as the Late Bronze Age is suggested by the following: The majority of scholars believe that ko-ki-da and ko-ki-de-jo formatives found in Linear B texts of Knossos of the Mycenaean period are ethnic names derived from Kolc j, doj If we agree that the Mycenaean formatives indeed have this meaning, then the appearance of the Colchians on the island of Crete also need to be accounted for.

It is hard to believe that in the 14 th century hired or enslaved people were taken to the central city of the island directly from Colchis. It might be more logical to associate the Cretan Colchians with the Caucasians migrated to the Adriaic. The following question may naturally crop up: If the episode of the Colchian pursers settlement in the Adriatic, described by Apollonius, really reflects the Colchian migration from the eastern Black Sea littoral in the Late Bronze Age, why is it missing in the earlier versions of the myth?

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Why did it become popular only in the Hellenistic period? In my opinion, this can be explained by the fact that the Greeks relations with the region of the Colchians possible migration started in a relatively later period. The Illyrian coast of the Adriatic must have fallen in the scope of their interest only in the late classical period, i. The Illyrian kingdoms start to appear on the historical scene no earlier. This is the period when the episode of the Colchian pursuers settlement in the Adriatic appears in the Greek tradition. The version must have been rooted in the historical memory of the Illyrians.

However, it could not have been influenced by the Greek tradition as the version of the Colchian settlement in the Adriatic, as seen above, was unknown in earlier Greek sources. Thus, the process of the inclusion of the Adriatic episode into the myth of the Argonauts can be presented in the following way: Thus, the discussions presented above may allow us to speak about the following historical prerequisites determining the inclusion of the Adriatic episode into the myth of the Argonauts: It should not be ruled out that in the Late Bronze Age, people known as Colchians might have been compelled by some reasons to migrate in quite large numbers and settle the Adriatic.

Later, the Greeks start intensive relations with the region and get acquainted with the tradition preserved in the memory of the Illyrians about the Colchians descendents, who must already have assimilated. This might have prompted Greek authors to associate the Illyrian Colchians with the myth of the Argonauts. Greek and Roman Studies, 10 1 , 10 2 , Tbilisi ; 5 For more details, see: The Argonautica and World Culture, Phasis.

Conclusive Comments, Tbilisi , ff. Gordeziani, Tbilisi , ff. DNP, 8, ff. II, Zweiter Gesang, Fasz. Kommentar, Leipzig , ff. Greek and Roman Studies, 9, ff. KEW, ; for the development of r in front of d in western Georgian dialects, cf. Greek and Roman Studies, 12, , ff. Myth, Archaeology and History, Phasis. Greek and Roman Studies, 10 1 , , 20 ff.

Tsetskladze, Leiden , ff. The inscription on the picture says that Hercle is Uni's son unial clan. Such a scene is not the only one ever found. However, there is one myth about Hera and Heracles, which is somehow linked to this version depicted on the Etruscan mirror. The legend is preserved in works by Diodorus of Sicily and Pausanias. The story is as follows: Fearing jealous Hera, Alcmene left newborn Heracles in the field beyond the walls of Thebes.

Instructed by Zeus, Athena called Hera to have a stroll there. The goddess of wisdom made Hera pity the crying and hungry baby abandoned by his mother and asked her to feed the child. Hera breastfed Heracles, but the latter sucked so hard that the embittered goddess flung him aside. Breastfeeding Heracles, Hera made him immortal and, as the myth says, the spilt milk was transformed into the Milky Way. Van Der Meer L. In particular, Etruscan Heracles has a beard and he is not a baby like in the Greek myth.

It is also noteworthy that in almost all versions of the Greek myth, Hera is Heracles' wet nurse, not mother. We have devoted a special study to Etruscan Hercle, which made it clear that the image consists of two chronological layers. One of them originates from a later period and is indeed linked to the Greek mythology on Heracles. This layer took shape as Hellenic mythology became more popular after Greek colonists established first settlements in Italy in the 8 th century BC. The second layer is more archaic and is linked to the Pre-Indo-European population of the Mediterranean region.

Analyzing archaeological data and information from ancient sources, we drew the following conclusions: Hercle is an organic deity for the Etruscan religion; 2. Hercle is the son or an adopted son of a supreme god possibly Uni ; 3. Hercle seems to be linked to the celestial world; 4. Hercle cannot be regarded as the Etruscan interpretation of Heracles. It is noteworthy that Roman Hercules also proved not to be a simple copy of Greek Heracles. The explanation by mythographers that "Heracles" is derived from "Hera" and "Cleo" "Hera's glory" seemed unnatural back in ancient times.

It is difficult to imagine that the glorification of Heracles through his rivalry with Hera could have contributed to the creation of his name. The "awkwardness" was sensed by authors of antiquity, who referred to the aforementioned episode of breastfeeding and other myths to "settle" relations between Hera and Heracles, noting at the same time that Heracles was called Alcaeus before Hera adopted him.

Presumably, the mother of proto-heracles was quite popular among the Pre-Indo-European tribes of the Mediterranean region. The fact that her name "disappeared" in the new name of her son and was replaced by Hera was probably a manifestation of Greek expansion. In particular, the recognition of Heracles as Zeus' son probably shows that the cult was incorporated in the Greek pantheon cf. It is clear that the Greek religion and mythology accepted the step, because this cult was highly popular. However, the recognition of Heracles and Dionysius did not imply the recognition of their mothers, as they were mortal women.

Moreover, Heracles acquired a new mother unrivalled Hera. That was why Alcmene's son Alcaeus was called Heracles. At the same time, the same deity, who was believed to be Uni's son, continued its existence in the Etruscan world of ancient Italy. Given the aforementioned, what is depicted on the mirror of Volterra? In our opinion, it depicts the tradition or ritual of foster adoption, which was characteristic of the Pre-Greek and Pre-Italic population of the Mediterranean region and was preserved in the Etruscan tradition.

An adult person presumably, most frequently man sucked the breast of his foster-mother possibly in the presence of eyewitnesses , becoming her foster son. Let us now consider the tradition of foster adoption from the ethnological viewpoint. Ethnography has established three types of kinship: There is no single term in special literature to denote the latter.

Such kinship is called "fictitious", 9 "spiritual", 10 "artificial", or "milk" 11 kinship.

Researchers regard as such kinship emerging on the basis of adopting and baptizing children, entrusting babies to wet nurses, entrusting children to other families, and becoming sworn brothers. It is obvious that Hera's breastfeeding baby Heracles, which was mentioned above, is a reflection of such kinship. It probably corresponds to the tradition of entrusting babies to wet nurses. The theme depicted on the Etruscan mirror is different from the types of artificial kinship found in Greek myths. The former is not linked to entrusting babies to wet nurses. It is rather an example of adoption and the inscription on the mirror explains this.

To be more precise, it is a specific type of adoption foster adoption. The tradition of foster adoption depicted on the Etruscan mirror is very specific. It has no analogues in the ancient world. However, it is interesting that it seems to be linked to the specific ethnic version of foster adoption widespread in almost all Georgian regions. Like the theme shown on the mirror of Volterra, it is about the adoption of an adult person by a family with no blood kinship to him.

In this case, the mother of a family adopts an alien son, who has his own family. As artificial kinship, the act of foster adoption implied, as a rule, specific relations not only between two people in this case, between a foster mother and a foster son , but also between two families. Let us now consider concrete examples from the Kartvelian world.

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This tradition was quite widespread in Georgia's mountain regions, particularly in Khevsureti. In his White Collar, a young protagonist of the story says: The Tsiklauris made me Tsiklauri. The families of Mgelika and Totia adopted me. I touched Nanuka's, Iamze's, and Mzekala's breasts with my teeth". The ritual was almost the same as in Khevsureti and Svaneti. Specifically, in Samegrelo, "a mother, who had lost her son, would adopt a son in a ritual that created the full illusion of breastfeeding.

A young man would visit his mother-to-be and touch her breast with his teeth, which was called 12 Javakhadze N. Selected Works in Six Volumes, vol.

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II, Tbilisi , in Georgian. The foster son would then say an oath: From that moment on, the mother, who had lost her son would become his dida pu chapili and he would become skuachapili. The sons of the family would become foster brothers and daughters foster sisters" If in Lechkhumi, a woman adopted a son to replace her own son, the foster son would touch her breast with his teeth on the first anniversary of the death of the woman's son.

In the Georgian fairy tale Reed Girl, the prince tells the giant's mother: The mother of the giant adopts him as her son and helps him, explaining: In particular, the protagonist in the well-known Georgian fairy tale Aspurtsela finds it to be the only way to make his mother say the truth.

Numerous other parallel rituals that may be found during the research may provide an opportunity to draw reliable conclusions. It is of course impossible to make a universal conclusion at this stage of research, but it is obvious that the ethnographic and folklore materials, which ethnological studies are based on, are indeed important in studying relations between various peoples.

A number of fundamental works have been created recently 20 on Mediterranean-Georgian relations and such materials may serve as an additional argument. The author of the project and editor-in-chief Naira Gelashvili. Special editor Lia Chlaidze compiled the collection of works and wrote the Introduction and notes, Tbilisi , 46 in Georgian. Planeta, Tbilisi , 9 in Georgian. And what is more, we find no unity within a single episode of her mythic life, especially when one is dealing with the big number of narratives from different time periods.

However, Apsyrtos s death as J. Bremmer had noticed, received little attention from classical scholars. In the paper we aim to investigate the elaboration and the development of Apsyrtos myth in the 1 For very important and multidimensional investigation of Medea see Medea, Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy and Art, ed. Our study, we hope, will elucidate the role Medea played in Apsyrtos murder as well as throw the light on different interpretations of this story in the sources of the various time periods. Besides, this study serves to another goal also.