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Mors
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Roman personification of death, modelled on the Greek Thanatos. Recorded in the title of an Atellan farce Mortis ac Vitae iudicium by Novius in Non. p. 479,7, a satire Mors ac Vita by Ennius (cf. Quint. Inst. 9,2,36), in Latin poets and on tomb inscriptions. Represented with corresponding attributes M. visualizes (1) the cause of death (Stat. Theb. 7,53: voltuque cruento M. armata sedet), (2) the transition from life to death (Anth. Lat. 2,429,1-2; 346,3-4; Hor. Carm. 1,14,13) and (3) death as a state (motionlessness, silence: Lucr. 3,959). I…

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Kunz, Heike (Tübingen), “Mors”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e810040>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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