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A Commentary on Lucan, "De bello civili" IV: Introduction, by Paolo Asso

By Paolo Asso

Book four of Lucan’s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon explanations the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso’s observation strains Lucan’s memories of early Greek stories of construction, while Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the full ebook. After the conflict, the scene switches to the Adriatic shore of Illyricum (Albania), and at last to Africa, the place the proto-mythical water of the start of the publication cedes to the dryness of the wilderness. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the conflict of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed through the desiccated desolation of Africa. The observation contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected through evil, yet which continues to be a vital part of Rome. in addition to 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 clinical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims via medical discourse.



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