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

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Scaevola
(2,150 words)

(Gaius Mucius Cordus Scaevola; Greek Γάϊος Μούκιος Κόρδος/Gáïos Moúkios Kórdos)

A. Historical dimension

C. Mucius Scaevola is a figure from the early history of Rome. Livy (2,12 f.) reports that during the siege of Rome by the Etruscan King Lars Porsenna in 507 BC, he slipped into the enemy camp and stabbed to death not, as intended, the king, but a scribe. His motive was the fear that a monarchy might be reestablished at Rome following the expulsion of the Tarquins. S. was arrested, but he escaped punish…

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Reitz, Christiane, “Scaevola”, 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_004733>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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