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

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Lucretia
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(Lucretia; Greek Λουκρητία/Loukrētía)

A. Historical dimension

L. (since Antiquity also Lucrezia, Lukrezia) was the daughter of the Roman aristocrat Spurius Lucretius Tricipitinus and wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus. After she was raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of the last King of Rome, Tarquinius Superbus, Graeco-Roman tradition has it that she stabbed herself to death in front of her relatives and friends, gathered in the house of her father – but not before extracting oaths of vengeance from …

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Theisohn, Philipp, “Lucretia”, 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 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004673>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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