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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Octavia

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Author(s): Kugelmeier, Christoph
( Octavia) A. Historical dimension O. (AD 40–62), daughter of Claudius (who became Roman Emperor the year after her birth) and Messalina, may be described as a classic victim of dynastic marital politics. In AD 53, at the age of thirteen, she was married off to the future Emperor Nero. Both on her father's and on her mother's side, she was a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty founded by Augustus (Messalina's great-grandmother was Octavia Minor, an elder sister of Augustus). Nero, son of …
Date: 2016-02-22

Odoacer

(2,587 words)

Author(s): Dallapiazza, Michael
( Flavius Odovacar, also Odoacar; Greek Ὀδόακρος/ Odóakros; Old High German Otachre, Otacher) A. Historical dimension O. (AD 433–493) was a Western Roman officer of Germanic background, and from AD 476 to 493, he was the Roman ruler of Italy ( Rex Italiae). His father Edika (Edekon, Latin Edeco), probably a member of the East Germanic tribe of the Scirii, served under Attila, and later became king of the Danube Scirii. His mother was also a Scirian. The Scirii had, however, long ceased to play a significant role in the conflicts associated with the end of the Age of Migrations. After Edika's …
Date: 2016-02-22