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

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Porcia
(2,200 words)

(Porcia; Greek Πορκία/Porkía)

A. Historical dimension

P. (c.  78–42 BC) was the daughter of Cato Uticensis (Cato 'the Younger') and his first wife Atilia, and wife of Brutus. Plutarch gives her life story and personality in his biographies of Cato and Brutus, Cassius Dio in his Roman History (book 41), and Appian in his Civil Wars (books 2 and 5).

Plutarch describes P. as a beautiful and educated woman who from her youth was well-versed in philosophy (Plut. Brutus 13,4). At a very young age, she was betrothed to Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus, a political ally of her fathe…

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Simonis, Linda, “Porcia”, 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_004712>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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