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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Author(s): Kugelmeier, Christoph
( Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; Greek Νέρων/ Nérōn) A. Historical dimension The name of the Roman emperor N. (AD 37–68, born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) was associated with mythification from his birth (Plin. HN 7,45 f.; Tac. Ann. 11,11,3; Suet. Nero 6,1 f.; Cass. Dio 61,2,1). After a volatile childhood beset by political turmoil, he became the designated heir to the throne in AD 50, when Emperor Claudius married his mother Agrippina. He thereby ousted his younger stepbrother Britannicus (Tac. Ann. 12,25). N.'s reign (fr…
Date: 2016-02-22