From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus

From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus

von Raymond Marks
Taschenbuch - 9783631545843
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Beschreibung

From Republic to Empire challenges the long-held view that Silius Italicus' Punica is a nostalgic epic and argues that it is, instead, centrally concerned with and fundamentally shaped by the contemporary Flavian world in which it was composed. The epic documents how Rome's Republic took its first steps toward becoming an Empire during the Second Punic War and identifies the leader Scipio Africanus as the critical impetus behind this development: his rise to prominence in the war's later stages brings about a change in Rome's power-structure, a shift toward one-man rule, Scipio's «rule», that prefigures and paves the way for the political arrangement under which the poet himself lived, the Principate. In portraying Scipio as a good king and a virtuous princeps, Silius, furthermore, offers the emperor of his own day, Domitian, a leadership-ideal to aspire to and emulate.

Details

Verlag Peter GmbH Lang
Ersterscheinung Oktober 2005
Maße 208 mm x 146 mm x 20 mm
Gewicht 420 Gramm
Format Taschenbuch
ISBN-13 9783631545843
Auflage Nicht bekannt
Seiten 308

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