Horatius Cocles


Horatius Cocles

▪ Roman legendary hero
      Roman hero traditionally of the late 6th century BC but perhaps legendary, who first with two companions and finally alone defended the Sublician bridge (in Rome) against Lars Porsena and the entire Etruscan army, thereby giving the Romans time to cut down the bridge. He then threw himself into the Tiber to swim to the other shore. Versions differ as to whether he reached safety or was drowned. The myth possibly arose in explanation of an ancient statue of a crippled one-eyed man (cocles means “one-eyed”) in the nearby Temple of Vulcan. The ancients claimed this represented the wounded Cocles, but it may be a statue of the god Vulcan, who was both lame and traditionally associated with the Cyclops (One-Eyed). The story is first mentioned by the 2nd-century-BC Greek historian Polybius.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • HORATIUS COCLÈS (P.) — HORATIUS COCLÈS PUBLIUS (fin HORATIUS COCLÈS (P.) VIe s.) Le surnom de Coclès, qui signifie Le Borgne et attribué au Romain Publius Horatius, vient de ce que celui ci aurait perdu un œil au cours d’une bataille livrée en HORATIUS COCLÈS (P.) 508… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Horatius Cocles — Horatius Coclès Pour les articles homonymes, voir Horatius. Horatius Cocles, par Hendrik Goltzius. Publius Horatius Coclès (« Ho …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Horatius Cocles — verteidigt die Brücke (The Comic History of Rome, ca, 1850) Horatius Cocles (cocles: lateinisch für einäugiger Mann ) war ein Volksheld der römischen Mythologie aus der Familie der Horatier. Er soll im Jahr 507 v. C …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Horatius Cocles — {{Horatius Cocles}} Römischer Nationalheld, der beim Angriff des Etruskerkönigs Porsinna allein die hölzerne Brücke über den Tiber verteidigte, bis seine Leute sie hinter ihm abgerissen hatten. Dann sprang er in den Fluß und rettete sich… …   Who's who in der antiken Mythologie

  • Horatius Cocles — In the historical legends of ancient Rome, Horatius Cocles, Latin for Horatius the one eyed (Cocles itself a shortening of the Greek word Cyclops ), was a hero who, on his own, defended the Pons Sublicius, the bridge that led across the Tiber to… …   Wikipedia

  • Horatius Coclès — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Horatius. Horatius Cocles, par Hendrik Goltzius. Publius Horatius Coclès (« Horatius Le Borgne ») est un héros l …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Horatius Coclès (opéra) — Horatius Coclès Genre Acte lyrique Nb. d actes 1 Musique Étienne Nicolas Méhul Livret …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Horatius — is the name of a gens of ancient Rome. * Horatius Cocles, legendary hero * The Horatii, three members of the Horatius gens who fought to the death against the Curatii. * Marcus Horatius M.f. Pulvillus, consul 509 and 507 BC * Caius Horatius M.f.… …   Wikipedia

  • Cocles — may refer to: Horatius Cocles, a hero in the historical legends of ancient Rome Bartolomeo della Rocca (1467–1504), called Cocles, an Italian scholar This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • Cocles — Cocles, 1) s. Horatius Cocles. 2) Barthelemi della Rocca, geb. 1467 in Bologna, war Arzt u. Chirurg das., Astrolog u. Chiromant; wurde 1504 ermordet; er schr.: Physionomiae et chiromantiae anastasis, Bologna 1504 u. 1523; Chiromantia etc., Bonn… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.