Fabius Maximus Cunctator

Ben Tipping

in Exemplary Epic

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

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Fabius Maximus Cunctator

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This chapter explores the character Fabius in Silius' Punica. Fabius is a singular figure, whose unique representation of the Roman cause Silius most conspicuously brings to the fore in the Punica through play on unus but also simply by making him, for a time a focus for its epic action. In that sense, he is a prototype for such future single rulers as Augustus. Fabius, despite (meta-)epic moments of proactivity and velocity, is pointedly a paradigm of cunctation.

Keywords: Fabius; Silius; Punica; Roman epic; epic poem

Chapter.  12565 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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