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Anacharsis, a Scythian of princely rank, according to Herodotus (iv. 76), the
son of Gnurus, and brother of Saulius, king of Thrace; according to Lucian (Scytha)
the son of Daucetas. He left his native country to travel in pursuit of knowledge,
and came to Athens just at the time that Solon was occupied with his legislative
measures. He became acquainted with Solon, and by the simplicity of his way of
living, his talents, and his acute observations on the institutions and usages
of the Greeks, he excited general attention and admiration. The fame of his wisdom
was such, that he was even reckoned by some among the seven sages. Some writers
affirmed, that after having been honoured with the Athenian franchise, he was
initiated into the Eleusinian mysteries. According to the account in Herodotus,
on his return to Thrace, he was killed by his brother Saulius, while celebrating
the orgies of Cybele at Hylaca. Diogenes Laertius gives a somewhat different version--that
he was killed by his brother while hunting. He is said to have written a metrical
work on legislation and the art of war. Cicero (Tusc. Disp. v. 32) quotes from
one of his letters, of which several, though of doubtful authenticity, are still
extant. Various sayings of his have been preserved by Diogenes and Athenaeus.
(Herod. iv. 46, 76, 77; Plut. Sol. 5, Conviv. Sept. Sapient.; Diog. Laert. i.
101, &c.; Strab. vii.; Lucian, Scytha and Anacharsis; Athen. iv., x., xiv.; Aelian,
V.H. v. 7)
This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Oct 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith)
- Anacharsis: Perseus Encyclopedia
Anacharsis. A Scythian prince, who came to Athens about B.C.
594 to pursue a course of study. He was a friend of Solon and a man of ability.
On his return to his native land, he was killed by his brother Saulius. A number
of aphorisms were ascribed to him, and he was said to have invented the bellows,
the anchor, and the potter's wheel. A number of epistles of later date are falsely
attributed to him.
This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
- Anacharsis: Perseus Lookup Tool, text search
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