(d. 203 bc)

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The daughter of Hasdrubal, a Carthaginian general, who avoided captivity by taking poison at the instigation of her betrothed Masinissa, was the subject of several plays, notably by Marston, N. Lee, and James Thomson. The notorious line ‘Oh! Sophonisba, Sophonisba, Oh!’ occurs in Thomson's version (1730), was altered to ‘Oh Sophonisba, I am wholly thine’ in later editions, and parodied by Fielding in Tom Thumb as ‘O Huncamunca, Huncamunca O!’

Subjects: Literature — Classical Studies.

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