An Introduction to Silius Italicus and the Punica
John Jacobs (Author)
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In a much-needed comprehensive introduction to Silius Italicus and the Punica, Jacobs offers an invitation to students and scholars alike to read the epic as a thoughtful and considered treatment of Rome's past, present, and (perilous) future. The Second Punic War marked a turning point in world history: Rome faced her greatest external threat in the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal, and her victory led to her domination of the Mediterranean. Lingering memories of the conflict played a pivotal role in the city's transition from Republic to Empire, from foreign war to civil war. Looking back after the events of AD 69, the senator-poet Silius Italicus identified the Second Punic War as the turning point in Rome's history through his Punica. After introductory chapters for those new to the poet and his poem, Jacobs' close reading of the epic narrative guides students and scholars alike through the Punica. All Greek and Latin passages are translated to ensure accessibility for those reading in English. Far more than simply a retelling of Rome's greatest triumph, the Punica challenges its reader to make sense of the Second Punic War in light of its full impact on the subsequent course of the city's history. 6 bw illus
About the Author
John Jacobs is Chair of the World Languages Department at Montclair Kimberley Academy, New Jersey, USA.
- Contributor: John Jacobs
- Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
- ISBN13: 9781350191679
- Number of Pages: 288
- Packaged Dimensions: 156x234mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Release Date: 2022-06-30
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: John Jacobs is Chair of the World Languages Department at Montclair Kimberley Academy, New Jersey, USA.
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