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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Laïs

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Author(s): Joeres, Yvonne
(Λαΐς/ Laís; Latin Laïs) A. Historical dimension The name L. ('generally known' or from a Semitic word meaning 'lioness' [10.]) was a popular professional name taken by Greek hetaerae, which makes distinguishing individuals a tricky task. The two best-known, both of who were said to be outstandingly beautiful and attractive, were active at Corinth in the 4th cent. BC. The first (1), a daughter of Timandra (the 'consort' of Alcibiades), was born in 422 in Hyccara, Sicily (cf. Ath. 13,589 a; [02. vol. 1. 182]), and was brought to Corinth as a prisoner of war (Plut. Alc. 39; …
Date: 2016-02-22

Leonidas

(4,292 words)

Author(s): Winkler, Markus
(Λεωνίδας/ Leōnídas; Latin Leonidas) A. Historical dimension L. I (d. 480 BC), King of Sparta from 490 or 489 BC, became in history an exemplary figure of the heroic fight to the death. In 480, the coalition of Greek city-states  chose him to take a small force to defend the pass of Thermopylae, the only crossing usable by an army between northern and central Greece, against the gigantic Persian army under the Great King Xerxes I. When the Persians succeeded in outflanking their position and bottling the Greeks up – according to the t…
Date: 2016-02-22