n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Σαρδανάπαλ(λ)ος / Sardanal(l)us : gleanings from Ancient Assyria in Cicero

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Greek writers from the fifth century onward collected a number of stories relating to an Assyrian king known to the Greeks as 'Σαρδανάπαλ(λ)ος'. Over time the 'historical Σαρδανάπαλ(λ)ος' became so obscured by myth that the very existence of the original character became subjected to doubt. Although the historical origins of 'Σαρδανάπαλ(λ)ος' remain obscure, the literary tradition on this enigmatic figure from ancient Assyria thrived in antiquity. This note aims to explore the ramifications of 'the tradition of the Sardanapolli' in the work of Cicero.


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