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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
Named Person: Hannibal; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus; Hannibal; Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus; Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus; Hannibal; Hannibal / 247 B.C.-182 B.C. / In literature.; Tiberius Catius / Criticism and interpretation Silius Italicus; Tiberius Catius / Punica Silius Italicus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Stocks
ISBN: 9781781380284 1781380287
OCLC Number: 868082855
Description: xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Texts and translations used --
Introduction: Silius Italicus and the Roman Hannibal --
Chapter one: The Roman Hannibal defined --
1. The power of the name --
2. Reading the Roman Hannibal --
3. Roman uiri are real men --
Chapter two: Before Silius: The creation of the Roman Hannibal --
1. Examining the Carthaginian texts: the tale Hannibal might have told --
2. Hannibal in prose and verse: from Greece to Rome --
Polybius and the Roman Hannibal --
3. From prose to verse: Rome and her Hannibal --
crossing genre boundaries --
Chapter three: Silius' influences --
1. Livy and his uiri (59 BC-AD 17) --
2. Livy and Silius: structuring the Hannibalic war --
3. Livy's Hannibal in exile: a life after the Punica --
Chapter four: Epic models --
1. The paradox and the hero --
2. Silius' Hannibal: more than Roman --
Chapter five: Silius' Roman Hannibal --
1. The conception of Silius' Roman Hannibal: Juno, Dido, and Hannibal the uir --
2. The influence of Dido --
3. Fathers and son: Hannibal and the 'Barcid' family --
Chapter six: Out of the darkness and into the light --
1. Hannibal at Saguntum --
2. Spectacle on the battlefield --
3. The Saguntine envoys at Rome --
4. At war with Hannibal: Rome and her uiri --
5. Hannibal and Fabius: delaying the man and his myth --
6. Hannibal at Cannae: the fall of Paulus --
Chapter seven: Hannibal's decline after Cannae: separating man from myth --
1. Hannibal at Capua: the point of separation --
2. Succumbing to luxury --
3. Mago in Carthage: Propogating the myth --
4. Pacuvius and Perolla: the power of the myth --
Chapter eight: Imitators and innovators --
1. Marcellus --
2. Marcellus vs. Hannibal: after Sicily --
Chapter nine: Band of brothers --
1. The Barcids and Scipiadae: brother vs. brother --
2. Hasdrubal: a life in the shadows --
3. Hasdrubal and Nero at Metarus --
4. Mago: the brother-in-arms --
rChapter ten: the 'Lightning Bolts' (Fulmina) of war --
1. Hannibal and Scipio part I --
2. Scipio in the underworld: out of the light and into the darkness --
3. Scipio in Spain: the boy becomes a man --
4. Hannibal and Scipio part II: clash of the super-uiri --
5. The battle of Zama --
Chapter eleven: the man and his myth: the self-defined Roman Hannibal --
1. Books 1 and 3: choosing Hercules as a role model --
2. Book 6: Hannibal at Liternum: erasing the past --
3. Book 12: Hannibal at Rome: titanic aspirations --
4. Book 17: Hannibal above the plain of Zama: this is my myth --
Conclusion: the crossing of the worlds: the move from internal to external narrative --
Bibliography --
General index --
Index locorum.
Responsibility: by Claire Stocks.


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'This book offers many stimulating discussions of the multi-faceted Punica and paves the way for monographs on some of the other figures of Silius' epic world (Fabius, Paulus, Marcellus).'Anthony Read more...

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