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

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Seneca
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(Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also Seneca Minor, Seneca Philosophus; Greek Σενέκας/Senékas

A. Historical dimension

The Roman philosopher, poet and politician S. the Younger (c. 4 BC–AD 65) was born in Corduba in Hispania Baetica (modern Córdoba). His father, S. the Elder – also called S. Rhetor to distinguish him – was a wealth Roman equestrian, and S. portrays his mother Helvia as an educated woman (Consolatio ad Helviam, c. AD 42).

S. arrived in Rome as a child and was educated there. At first, he followed the ascetic prescriptions of the Neopythagorean philosoph…

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Schmitz, Christine, “Seneca”, 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 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004736>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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