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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Elagabalus

(5,195 words)

Author(s): Preußer, Heinz-Peter
( Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus Elagabalus, also Heliogabalus; Greek Ἐλαγάβαλος/ Elagábalos, also Ἐλεαγάβαλος/ Eleagábalos, Ἐλαιαγάβαλος/ Elaiagábalos, and Ἡλιογάβαλος/ Hēliogábalos) A. Historical dimension The Roman emperor known as E. ( c. AD 204–222), originally Varius Avitus Bassianus [15.59], was known by a variety of names. The most familiar of them today, E., was bestowed upon him posthumously [02.25 f.]. Originally, only the deity he worshipped was called E. [25.5]; [24.]; [06.]. The historian Cassius Dio (80,1,1) called him, among other things…
Date: 2016-02-22

Empedocles

(3,241 words)

Author(s): Görner, Rüdiger
(Ἐμπεδοκλῆς/ Empedoklês; Latin Empedocles) A. Historical dimension E. ( c. 483–423 BC) was a Pre-Socratic philosopher, natural historian, physician and orator. His life and works are described by the Greek historian of philosophy, Diogenes Laertius (8,51–77). E. lived at Acragas (now Agrigento), Sicily. Many anecdotes and legends circulate, in particular concerning his death, and Diogenes Laertius (8,67–72) undertakes a thorough discussion of some of them. The best-known tells that E. jumped into the cra…
Date: 2016-02-22