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

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Thusnelda
(2,726 words)

(Θουσνέλδα/Thousnélda)

A. Historical dimension

The Germanic T. was the daughter of Segestes, prince of the Cherusci, and sister of Segimundus (according to Str. 7,1,4; the only source to give her name). Arminius, her future husband, who was made a Roman equestrian, in AD 9 lured the general Varus with his three Roman legions into an ambush that became known as the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (Cass. Dio 56,18,2–4; Tac. Ann. 1,60,3), in an effort to prevent the incorporation of Germania as a Roman province. Segestes, repres…

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Dolle, Katrin, “Thusnelda”, 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 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004763>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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