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Marsyas

Marsyas, of Philippi, commonly called the Younger (ho neoteros), to distinguish him from Marsyas of Pella, with whom he has frequently been confounded. The period at which he flourished is uncertain: the earliest writers by whom he is cited are Pliny and Athenaeus. The latter tells us that he was priest of Heracles. (Athen. xi. p. 467, c.) The works of his which we find cited, are, 1. Makedonika, whether a geographical or strictly historical treatise is uncertain; it contained at least six books. (Harpocr. s. v. Lete.) 2. Archaiologia, in twelve books, mentioned by Suidas; probably, as suggested by Geier, the same with the Attika attributed by the lexicographer to the elder Marsyas. 3. Muthika, in seven books.
  The two last works are erroneously attributed by Suidas, according to our existing text, to a. third Marsyas, a native of Taba, but it has been satisfactorily shown that this supposed historian is no other than the mythical founder of the city of Taba (Steph. Byz. s. v. Tabai), and that the works ascribed to him belong in fact to Marsyas of Philippi.
  All the questions concerning both the elder and the younger Marsyas are fully discussed, and the extant fragments of their works collected, by Geier, Alexandri M. Historiar. Scriptores aetate suppares, Lips. 1844, pp. 318-340. (See also Droysen, Hellenism. vol. i. pp. 679-682; Bernhardy, ad Suid. s. v. Marsuas.)

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Oct 2006 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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Flacus, Norbanus

Flacus, Norbanus, C. Norbanus Flaccus. In B. C. 42 he and Decidius Saxa were sent by Octavian and Antony with eight legions into Macedonia, and thence they proceeded to Philippi to operate against Brutus and Cassius. They encamped in the neighbourhood of Philippi, and occupied a position which prevented the republicans advancing any further. By a stratagem of Brutus and Cassius, Norbanus was led to quit his position, but he discovered his mistake in time to recover his former position. The republicans advancing by another and longer road, Norbanus withdrew with his army towards Amphipolis, and the republicans, without pursuing Norbanus, encamped near Philippi. When Antony arrived, he was glad to find that Amphipolis was secured, and having strengthened its garrison under Norbanus, he proceeded to Philippi. In B. C. 38, C. Norbanus Flaccus was consul with App. Claudius Pulcher. The C. Norbanus Flaccus, who was consul B. C. 24 with Octavian, was probably a son of the one here spoken of. (Appian, B. C. iv. 87, 103, &c., 106, &c.; Dion Cass. xxxviii. 43, xlvii. 35, xlix. 23, liii. 28; Plut. Brut. 38.)

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Nov 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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