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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Vercingetorix

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Author(s): Simonis, Annette
( Vercingetorix; Greek Οὐεργεντόριξ/ Uoergentórix also Οὐερκιγγετόριξ/ UoerkingetórixA. Historical dimension V., son of the Gaul Celtillus, was a chieftain of the Arverni who, in 52 BC, succeeded in uniting the tribes of Gaul for a general revolt against the Roman occupiers, and against Caesar and the Roman army. V. initially defeated Caesar at Gergovia, the main oppidum of the Arverni (near modern Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne), and forced his retreat. Caesar's situation was exacerbated by the fact that almost all the Gaulish tribes had defe…
Date: 2016-02-22