Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Edited by: Peter van Möllendorff, Annette Simonis and Linda Simonis

The 96 contributions in Brill’s New Pauly Supplement 7: Historical Figures from Antiquity depict the survival of great characters from Antiquity to the modern world. Each article presents an overview of the latest research on what we know concerning the lives of the historical person or legendary figure and then recounts the reception of these figures throughout history, giving special attention on the viewpoints in the early modern and contemporary periods.

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Aesop

(2,596 words)

Author(s): Baumbach, Manuel
(Αἴσωπος/ Aísōpos; Latin Aesopus) A. Historical dimension Nothing is known for certain of the life of A. whom Antiquity regarded as the father of the fable. He is first mentioned in Herodotus'  Histories (2,134,3) as a contemporary and fellow slave of the hetaera Rhodopis, which would suggest that he lived in the first half of the 6th cent. BC [01.134]. Herodotus calls A.  logopoiós ("writer, fabulist") and mentions his violent death at Delphi, to which Aristophanes also alludes in the  Wasps (422 BC) (1446–1448). The event may have taken place in 564/63 BC (Euseb. Chron…
Date: 2016-02-22

Agrippina

(3,048 words)

Author(s): Kugelmeier, Christoph
( Iulia Agrippina [ Minor]) A. Historical dimension The Roman empress and emperor's mother A. (AD 15–59), called "the Younger" ( Minor) to distinguish her from her own mother, was born on the Germanic Rhine frontier in the oppidum Ubiorum, the daughter of Germanicus, an outstanding general of the early Roman Empire. She was sister to the future Emperor Caligula. As a great-great-niece of Augustus, she belonged to the innermost circle of the Roman aristocracy. In AD 28, at thirteen, she married Domitius Ahenobarbus. With him she had a…
Date: 2016-02-22