By Paolo Asso
Booklet four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent hurricane motives the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s remark lines Lucan??s memories of early Greek stories of construction, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the complete e-book. After the conflict, the scene switches to the Adriatic shore of Illyricum (Albania), and eventually to Africa, the place the proto-mythical water of the start of the ebook cedes to the dryness of the desolate tract. The narrative unfolds opposed to the heritage of the conflict of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed by way of the desiccated desolation of Africa. The statement contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected via evil, yet which is still a vital part of Rome. in addition to Lucan??s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, Africa??s place as part of the Roman global is painstakingly supported by means of astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan??s mixing of medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims through clinical discourse.
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S hexameters deliberately are what they are: part of the disillusioned and unromantic atmosphere of his poem. ’s parataxis. 105 790 excitet \\ inuisás | diráe | Carthaginis \\ umbras inferiís | fortuna | nouís, || ferat | ista | cruentus Hannibal \\ et | Poení || tam | dira | piacula \\ manes. Romanám, | superí, || Libycá | tellure | ruinam Pompeió | prodesse nefás || uotisque | senatus. Africa \\ nos | potiús | uincát | sibi. 788-93) The symbols: | || \\ ´ weaker caesura stronger caesura diaeresis ‘ictus’ is used only to indicate where the stress falls in case of lack of coincidence between metrical ictus and natural accent The pace is scanned by artfully placed breaks and the strategic simplicity of the parataxis contributes the sustained rhythm.
And Sil. Pun. 698-701. v. neologism. 64 In spite of the obvious necessity of employing technical vocabulary in his poetry, modern critics of L. ’s vocabulary as a stylistic flaw. Having posed the problem of non-poetic vocabulary (however arbitrarily posed, and mostly without defining what poetic vocabulary should consist in), scholars usually point to the nonpoetic nature of such registers,65 often without offering any criteria at all for their sweeping condemnations. 66 The speed at which L.
Has many nouns in –tor that are seldom found in other writers. 214 adsertor (only three more times: St. Th. 218; Mart. 496 finitor (only one more time: St. Th. 341 habitator (six more times: St. Th. 846; S. 103; Iuv. 212 mutator (two more times: Val. Fl. 161 and St. S. 222 scrutator (four more times: St. Th. 720; S. 238 uictrix. Cf. ’s use of prosaic vocabulary, however, is not unique in Latin poetry. ) on anfractus, also Virgil uses anfractus in describing an ambush. Where L. is perhaps even more Virgilian than Virgil is in his use of unusual phrases and in the deployment of enclosing word order and other features of hyperbaton.
A Commentary on Lucan, ''De bello civili'' IV by Paolo Asso