<i>Comes ultima fati:</i> Regulus' Encounter with Marcia's Otherness in <i>Punica</i> 6

Antony Augoustakis

in Motherhood and the Other

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584413
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723117 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory

Comes ultima fati: Regulus' Encounter with Marcia's Otherness in Punica 6

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This chapter focuses on the sixth book of the Punica, an analeptic narrative on the adventures of Regulus during the First Punic War, as retold to Regulus' son, Serranus, by Marus. Regulus' wife, Marcia, is fashioned by the poet as an emblem of female liminality. Marcia's voice, filtered through Marus' male perspective, enhances our understanding of the ideological orientation in Rome at a crucial moment in the Second Punic War. The female figure points to the male protagonist's failure to secure stability for his own family in the private domain, a weakness that by and large, extends to the public sphere. By pointing to her husband's failures and disagreeing with a particular course of action, Marcia's presence mobilizes a departure from established norms and as a result constitutes a driving force for a new model for future Roman leadership.

Keywords: Punica; first Punic war; analeptic narrative; Regulus; Marcia; Serranus; Marus

Chapter.  15593 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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