Ben Tipping

in Exemplary Epic

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550111
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720611 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs


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Silius Italicus' Punica should be the example of Roman epic, glorifying hard-won victory over an external enemy at the height of the republic, between the legendary beginnings that Virgil traces in the Aeneid and the decline into civil war that Lucan laments in the De bello civili. Yet even now, as ongoing antipathy to positivist aesthetics facilitates re-evaluation of potential subject matter for monographs, classicists are less familiar with the Punica itself than with the sort of faint praise or outright condemnation that has, since antiquity, characterized literary-critical response to Silius' poem. This chapter shows how Silius' epic merits close attention both per se and for its rich interrelationships with other works, especially its main generic paradigms, Virgil's Aeneid and Lucan's De bello civili.

Keywords: Silius Italicus; Punica; Virgil; Aenid; Roman epic; Lucan; De bello civili; epic poem

Chapter.  5776 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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