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

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Cornelia
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(Cornelia; Greek Κορνηλία/Kornēlía)

A. Historical dimension

C. (early to late 2nd cent. BC), mother of the Gracchi, was the younger daughter of Scipio Africanus Maior (nemesis of Hannibal's Carthage) and Aemilia Tertia (Cic. Inv. 1,49,91; Liv. 38,57,2; Val. Max. 6,7,1). She was said to have been born with her sexual organs closed (Plin. HN 7,69; Solin. 1,67), which was taken as a bad omen and a harbinger of disaster for her family (which did indeed die out in the second or third generation) and the Roman Republic [03.101]. After receiving a thorough education from Greek teachers [14.24]…

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Meineke, Eva-Tabea, “Cornelia”, 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_004609>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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