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

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Aspasia
(2,117 words)

(Ἀσπασία/Aspasía; Latin Aspasia)

A. Historical dimension

A. was a highly educated woman from Miletus, who settled at Athens around 440 BC. There, she became the lover and partner of the politician Pericles. Their son took his father's name. When Pericles died in 429, A. entered into a relationship with the cattle dealer Lysicles (Plut. Pericles 24,2–6; Schol. Pl. Menex. 235 e, Harpoc. s. v. A.; Suda, s.v. Aspasía). There are few other biographical details on A. Even the date of her death is unknown.

In Antiquity and in later reception, A. was often wrongly believed to be a h…

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Simonis, Annette, “Aspasia”, 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 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004558>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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