Re: [tied] Oltak

From: george knysh
Message: 20776
Date: 2003-04-04

--- tgpedersen <tgpedersen@...> wrote:
> Finally got hands of a copy of Heyerdahl's "Jakten
> p� Odin". Seems he
> has rounded up most of the classical references I
> found, and then
> some. He points to Plutarch's reference, in 'Bioi
> paralleloi', to one
> Oltak, ruler of the 'Dandars' (sic, Dardans? "one of
> the tribes
> living in the coastal ares of the Maeotic Sea"), in
> Mithridates'
> army. He had unusual strength and courage in battle,
> could counsel in
> the most important treaties, and was besides
> remarkable for his
> courtesy. He plotted to kill Lucullus and failed.
> There is a similar
> story in Appian's Mithridatica, where the
> protagonist's name is
> Olkaba. Appian calls this man the ruler of the
> Colchians. Heyerdahl
> surmises, since neither was heard of after
> Mithridates' suicide 63
> BCE, that Oltak and Olkaba might be the historical
> Odin who fled the
> Romans. Myself, I think they end up on the variously
> related heap og
> V&r&Tragna - Vahagn - Vahagn - Valtam - Vegtam etc.
> Torsten

******GK: The Dandarii were one of the historical
non-Greek components of the Bosporan Kingdom. A
Sindo-Maeotian tribe. According to Hecataeus of
Miletus (c. 5th c. BC) they lived at the mouth of the
Kuban' r. (contemporary Russia), known as the Hypanis
at that time. Abayev interprets the name as Iranic
("holders of the river"). Trubachov thinks it more
likely to be Pontic Aryan, related to "dand" (rush,
reed) where the Kuban' flows into the Azov Sea.
Olthacus (Oltak) was a Sindo-Maeotic regulus subject
to Mithradates.******

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