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Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s <i>Africa:</i> Classical and Medieval Sources

Francesca Galligan

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0006

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources

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This chapter examines the classical and medieval sources of Petrarch in writing his epic poem Africa. It brings to the fore the role of Dante's epic in Petrarch's poem and suggests that the prominence of poet characters such as Ennius and Homer, and the link between poet and hero parallel the role of poet characters such as Virgil and Statius in the Divina Commedia. It also provides evidence that Africa was influenced by Virgil's work.

Keywords: Petrarch; Africa; Dante; epic poem; Ennius; Homer; Divina Commedia; Virgil

Chapter.  3622 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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