Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature

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Nepos (Cornelius Nepos)
(4,301 words)

A. Author and work

A.1. Life

Cornelius Nepos was born around 100 BC (Plin. HN 2,169f.; 9,137; Nep. fr. 38 Marshall) in Gallia cisalpina (Plin. HN 3,127), and probably came from the equestrian class. He pursued no political career, but worked as an author, maintaining contacts with other literary figures of his day and publishing literary works (Fronto p. 15 van den Hout). He died during the reign of Augustus (Plin. HN 9,137; 10,60).

A.2. Work

The only substantial sections of N.’ work to survive…

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Heidenreich, Heinrich, “Nepos (Cornelius Nepos)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 24 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps5_e820270>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111



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