By Paolo Asso
Book four of Lucan’s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent hurricane factors the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso’s observation 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 barren region. The narrative unfolds opposed to the heritage of the warfare of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed by means 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 continues to be an essential component 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 through astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan’s mixing of clinical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims through medical discourse.
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A Commentary on Lucan, "De bello civili" IV: Introduction, Edition, and Translation (Texte und Kommentare) by Paolo Asso