From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus
Peter Lang, 2005 - 308 pagina's
From Republic to Empire challenges the long-held view that Silius Italicus' Punica is a nostalgic epic and argues that it is, instead, centrally concerned with and fundamentally shaped by the contemporary Flavian world in which it was composed. The epic documents how Rome's Republic took its first steps toward becoming an Empire during the Second Punic War and identifies the leader Scipio Africanus as the critical impetus behind this development: his rise to prominence in the war's later stages brings about a change in Rome's power-structure, a shift toward one-man rule, Scipio's «rule», that prefigures and paves the way for the political arrangement under which the poet himself lived, the Principate. In portraying Scipio as a good king and a virtuous princeps, Silius, furthermore, offers the emperor of his own day, Domitian, a leadership-ideal to aspire to and emulate.
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REINVIGORATION AND REJUVENATION
FROM THE MANY TO THE ONE
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Achilles Aeneas Albrecht Alexander allusion appears Band battle becomes beginning book 15 Burck campaign Cannae Carthage Carthaginians claim closely command compares connection contrast course Davis death debate decline defeat divine Domitian emperor epic episode especially evidence example Fabius fact father figure final Flavian Fucecchi future gives gods Hannibal Hannibal's Hercules hero identified important interpretation Italy Jupiter Jupiter's king kingship Kissel later Laudizi leaders leadership leads Livy Marcellus Mars McGuire military moral omen Paulus poet political Pomeroy Principate proem prophecy puer Punica qualities reading recalls reference Ripoll role Roman Rome Rome's rule says Scipio Second seems senate sense sets shows Silius similar simile Spain Spaltenstein 1990 spear specifically speech story success suggests swiftness Syphax Ticinus triumph turn uirtus victory Virtus wished youth Zama