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Herodotus and his WorldEssays from a Conference in Memory of George Forrest$
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Peter Derow and Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253746.001.0001

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Herodotos (8. 137–8), The Manumissions from Leukopetra, and the Topography of the Middle Haliakmon Valley

Herodotos (8. 137–8), The Manumissions from Leukopetra, and the Topography of the Middle Haliakmon Valley

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(p.203) 12 Herodotos (8. 137–8), The Manumissions from Leukopetra, and the Topography of the Middle Haliakmon Valley
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Herodotus and his World
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Miltiades Hatzopoulos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253746.003.0012

The Macedonian logos of Herodotus has for generations delighted simple readers, while fascinating and at the same time embarrassing historians, geographers, and ethnologists, for it is the most ancient but also the most allusive account of the origins of the Macedonians and of the foundation of the Temenid kingdom. Is it just a piece of antique folklore or, conversely, of late propaganda without any historical value, or does it preserve, albeit in mythical form, a unique record of early Macedonian history? And, if we are to give it any credence, whence came the three brothers? Where was Lebaia? Where was the ‘other land of Macedonia’, ‘close to the gardens, as they are called, of Midas’? Where was ‘the rest of Macedonia’? Such are the issues which Herodotus leaves in suspense. This chapter attempts to address these issues, examining them in reverse order.

Keywords:   Herodotus, Macedonian logos, Macedonian history, Temenid kingdom

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