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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Democritus

(4,734 words)

Author(s): Möllendorff, Peter von
(Δημόκριτος/ Dēmókritos; Latin Democritus) A. Historical dimension Indications of D.'s date of birth vary from 470 to 420 BC, with a preference for the earlier. According to Diogenes Laertius (9,43), he lived to be 109 (cf. overall on D.' life and work Diog. Laert. 9,34–49). It is therefore biographically incorrect to place D. among the so-called Presocratics. He may have survived Socrates by almost 30 years, but the tradition explicitly denies that they were ever in contact (Diog. Laert. 9,36), and ev…
Date: 2016-02-22

Demosthenes

(3,288 words)

Author(s): Huss, Bernhard
(Δημοσθένης/ Dēmosthénēs; Latin Demosthenes) A. Historical dimension The Athenian orator, lawyer and politician D. (384–322 BC) was, according to Werner Jaeger, the first European whose biography we know relatively exactly, including his youth [07.5]; cf. [13.61]. Most of the information about his life and character comes from references he made to himself in his speeches. His contemporaries and opponents, such as Aeschines, Deinarchus and Hyperides also referred to him in their speeches. There is also a biography by Plutarch, a…
Date: 2016-02-22