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

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Polycrates
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(Πολυκράτης/Polykrátēs; Latin Polycrates)

A. Historical dimension

P. (6th cent. BC) was a Greek ruler who, together with his brothers and a small armed group of men, seized power on the island of Samos off the coast of Asia Minor in the 540s or 530s BC [09.75–99]; [08.258–265]. We know of his tyranny primarily through a detailed account in Book 3 of the Histories of Herodotus (3,39–60; 3,120–128). Herodotus claims to have lived for some years on Samos in the mid-5th cent., and seems to be well acquainted with conditions there. P. succeeded in establish…

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Schmitz, Thomas, “Polycrates”, 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 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004690>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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