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

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Semiramis
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(Σεμίραμις/Semíramis; Latin Semiramis, also Sameramis)

A. Historical dimension

S. (Šammu-ramat), a figure steeped in legend, was an Assyrian queen, the wife of King Šamšī-Adad V (c. 823–811 BC) and mother of his successor Adad-nirārī III (811–783 BC). She is merely mentioned in the Histories of Herodotus (1,184) before being presented in more detail in the 1st cent. BC by Diodorus Siculus (2,4–20). The latter relied in turn on the Persian History (preserved in fragments) of the Greek physician and historian Ctesias of Cnidus (c. 400 BC). According to Diodorus, S. was beli…

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Simonis, Annette, “Semiramis”, 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 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004735>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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