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Aristeas

Aristeas  

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Of Proconnesus in the Propontis. Like Abaris and Zalmoxis, a legendary wisdom-figure associated with the cult of Apollo, reflecting early Greek contacts with Scythian culture. Herodotus (4. 13ff.) ...
Bladud

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Is said by Geoffrey of Monmouth to have succeeded Hudibras as king of the Britons, to have founded the city of Bath, and to have killed himself while attempting to fly, ‘dashed into countless ...
Heraclides Ponticus

Heraclides Ponticus  

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4th cent. bc philosopher of the Academy. Born of a wealthy and aristocratic family in Heraclea Pontica, he came to Plato's Academy in Athens as a pupil of Speusippus. Like other Academics, he wrote a ...
shaman

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[De]An individual believed to have special magical powers; a sorcerer or witch doctor. A medicine man in ‘primitive’ societies, often with supernatural powers, who was capable of healing or harming.
Zalmoxis

Zalmoxis  

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(Ζάλμοξις, Σάλμοξις). According to Herodotus (1) (4. 94–6), a god of the Getae in Thrace (‘also called Gebeleizis’) who promised immortality to his devotees; the tribe communicated with him by ...

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