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A Commentary on Lucan, "De bello civili" IV: Introduction, by Paolo Asso PDF

By Paolo Asso

Book four of Lucan’s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent hurricane factors the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso’s remark lines Lucan’s recollections of early Greek stories of construction, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the entire ebook. After the conflict, the scene switches to the Adriatic shore of Illyricum (Albania), and at last to Africa, the place the proto-mythical water of the start of the ebook cedes to the dryness of the desolate tract. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the battle of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed by way of the desiccated desolation of Africa. The observation contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected through evil, yet which is still an essential component of Rome. in addition to Lucan’s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, Africa’s place as part of the Roman international is painstakingly supported via astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan’s mixing of medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims via medical discourse.

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