Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Alcibiades
(3,488 words)

(Ἀλκιβιάδης/Alkibiádēs; Latin Alcibiades)

A. Historical dimension

The Athenian general and politician A. (c. 450–404/03 BC) was one of the most brilliant yet controversial figures of Athenian democracy in the 5th cent. BC. Following the death of his father, he grew up in the household of his uncle and guardian Pericles. He was a pupil of Socrates, with whom he remained in close contact into his adult years, a fact that already aroused comment among his contemporaries, not least because of A.' charisma and attractiveness and the two men's differen…

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Piepenbrink, Karen, “Alcibiades”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004550>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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