Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Who Were the Plunderers of Salmydessus?

By Miroslav Ivanov Vasilev
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Who Were the Plunderers of Salmydessus? discusses ten references (from different periods) concerning the piratical activities of the Thracians at Salmydessus in an attempt to identify who these Thracians were. The goal set, the specificity of the references, and, above all, the probability that most of the authors under review had no first-hand experience of the area of Salmydessus, but relied on the works of their predecessors, define the character of the study and the research methods used. 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 ;


H 276 x W 205 mm

104 pages

17 figures (colour throughout)

Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272771

Digital: 9781803272788



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