By Paolo Asso
E-book four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon factors the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s statement 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 ebook. 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 e-book cedes to the dryness of the wasteland. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the struggle 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 by means of evil, yet which is still an essential component of Rome. besides Lucan??s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, Africa??s place as part of the Roman international is painstakingly supported through astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan??s mixing of medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims via clinical discourse.
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Lat. 7502, saec. 107 continens = Parisinus bibl publ. Lat. 10314, medio saec. IX = Leidensis Vossianus Lat. XIXF. 63, saec. X = Bruxellensis bibl. Burgund. 5330-32, olim Gemblacensis, saec. X = consensus codicum MVPZUG uel eorum plures, praeter tamen eos qui separatim laudantur = alii codices, praesertim recentiores = = = = = Parisinus lat. u. acq. 1626, Ashburnhamensis, saec. IX Bernensis 45, saec. IX Erlangensis 389 (olim 304), saec. X Vaticanus lat. 3284, saec. XI Palatinus lat. 869 (una cum Ottob.
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. composed is represented also in the tradition about his extempore performance of the Orpheus at the Neronia of 60.
Tenuere parumper ora metu, tantum nutu motoque salutant ense suos. mox, ut stimulis maioribus ardens rupit amor leges, audet transcendere uallum miles, in amplexus effusas tendere palmas. hospitis ille ciet nomen, uocat ille propinquum, admonet hunc studiis consors puerilibus aetas; nec Romanus erat, qui non agnouerat hostem. 155 164 167 171 medio U ς minacis G montis M P Z : montes V U G M P Z om. M Z, non interpretantur c a : deleuit Oudendorp Civil war, Book IV Caesar, seeing the hills exposed and the camps deserted, orders his soldiers to take up arms and to seek neither the bridge nor the shallows, but to overcome the river with brute strength.