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

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Octavia
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(Octavia)

A. Historical dimension

O. (AD 40–62), daughter of Claudius (who became Roman Emperor the year after her birth) and Messalina, may be described as a classic victim of dynastic marital politics. In AD 53, at the age of thirteen, she was married off to the future Emperor Nero. Both on her father's and on her mother's side, she was a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty founded by Augustus (Messalina's great-grandmother was Octavia Minor, an elder sister of Augustus). Nero, son of Agrippina, the new (from AD 49) imperial consort, and hence O.'s stepbrother, was ado…

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Kugelmeier, Christoph, “Octavia”, 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_004682>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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