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

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Brutus (Lucius)
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A. Historical dimension

(Lucius Iunius Brutus; Greek Λεύκος Ἰούνιος Βροῦτος/Leúkos Ioúnios Broûtos)

A. Historical dimension

Lucius Iunius B. was regarded as the legendary founding father of the Roman Republic, who according to Livy drove out the last Etruscan king, Tarquinius Superbus, around 500 BC. Modern scholarship regards him not as a historical figure, but as a highly influential legendary one.

Nevertheless, the Roman historians give comprehensive accounts of B. as a historical figure (Liv. 1,…

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Simonis, Annette, “Brutus (Lucius)”, 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 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004589>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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