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p213 Brasideia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on pp213‑214 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

BRASIDEIA (βρασίδεια), a festival celebrated p214at Sparta in honour of their great general Brasidas, who, after his death, in B.C. 422, received the honours of a hero (Paus. III.14 § 1; Aristot. Eth. Nic. V.7). It was held every year with orations and contests, in which none but Spartans were allowed to participate.

Brasideia were also celebrated at Amphipolis, which, though a colony of Athens, transferred the honour of κτίστης from Hagnon to Brasidas, who was buried there, and paid him heroic honours by an annual festival with sacrifices and contests (Thucyd. V.11).


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