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The Roman Hannibal : remembering the enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica

Author: Claire Stocks
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014.
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Silius Italicus' Punica, the longest surviving epic in Latin literature, has seen a resurgence of interest among scholars in recent years. A celebration of Rome's triumph over Hannibal and Carthage during the second Punic war, Silius' poem presents a plethora of familiar names to its readers: Fabius Maximus, Claudius Marcellus, Scipio Africanus and, of course, Rome's 'ultimate enemy' - Hannibal. Where most recent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stocks, Claire.
Roman Hannibal : remembering the enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014
xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
(OCoLC)ocn868082855
(DLC)18395465.
Named Person: Hannibal; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus; Hannibal; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Stocks
ISBN: 9781781380284 1781380287 9781781385920 1781385920
OCLC Number: 1118519166
Description: 1 online resource (289 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Texts and Translations Used; Introduction; Chapter 1; Chapter 1.1; Chapter 1.2; Chapter 1.3; Chapter 2; Chapter 2.1; Chapter 2.2; Chapter 2.3; Chapter 3; Chapter 3.1; Chapter 3.2; Chapter 3.3; Chapter 4; Chapter 4.1; Chapter 4.2; Chapter 5; Chapter 5.1; Chapter 5.2; Chapter 5.3; Chapter 6; Chapter 6.1; Chapter 6.2; Chapter 6.3; Chapter 6.4; Chapter 6.5; Chapter 6.6; Chapter 7; Chapter 7.1; Chapter 7.2; Chapter 7.3; Chapter 7.4; Chapter 8; Chapter 8.1; Chapter 8.2; Chapter 8.3; Chapter 8.4; Chapter 8.5; Chapter 9 Chapter 9.1Chapter 9.2; Chapter 9.3; Chapter 9.4; Chapter 10; Chapter 10.1; Chapter 10.2; Chapter 10.3; Chapter 10.4; Chapter 10.5; Chapter 11; Chapter 11.1; Chapter 11.2; Chapter 11.3; Chapter 11.4; Conclusion; Bibliography; General Index; Index locorum
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Silius Italicus' Punica, the longest surviving epic in Latin literature, has seen a resurgence of interest among scholars in recent years. A celebration of Rome's triumph over Hannibal and Carthage during the second Punic war, Silius' poem presents a plethora of familiar names to its readers: Fabius Maximus, Claudius Marcellus, Scipio Africanus and, of course, Rome's 'ultimate enemy' - Hannibal. Where most recent scholarship on the Punica has focused its attention of the problematic portrayal of Scipio Africanus as a hero for Rome, this book shifts the focus to Carthage and offers a new reading of Hannibal's place in Silius' epic, and in Rome's literary culture at large. Celebrated and demonised in equal measure, Hannibal became something of an anti-hero for Rome; a man who acquired mythic status, and was condemned by Rome's authors for his supposed greed and cruelty, yet admired for his military acumen. For the first time this book provides a comprehensive overview of this multi-faceted Hannibal as he appears in the Punica and suggests that Silius' portrayal of him can be read as the culmination to Rome's centuries-long engagement with the Carthaginian in its literature. Through detailed consideration of internal focalisation, Silius' Hannibal is revealed to be a man striving to create an eternal legacy, becoming the Hannibal whom a Roman, and a modern reader, would recognise. The works of Polybius, Livy, Virgil, and the post Virgilian epicists all have a bit-part in this book, which aims to show that Silius Italicus' Punica is as much an example of how Rome remembered its past, as it is a text striving to join Rome's epic canon.

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