A Commentary on Lucan, ''De bello civili'' IV by Paolo Asso

By Paolo Asso

Publication four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon reasons the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s statement strains Lucan??s recollections of early Greek stories of production, while Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the complete booklet. 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 historical past of the battle of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed through 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 a vital part of Rome. besides 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 by way of medical discourse.

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For instance in his descriptions of combat L. 631 induruit (cf. 630-1 and 751). To say ‘corpse’ he opts for the allegedly prosaic cadauer (787), which occurs frequently in L. 319-47). 73 A few examples from distinctive vocabulary will show how L. 74 Compounds such as the rare semirutus are particularly evocative, and it is significant that out of three attestations in poetry, two are found in L. 585). 496) to be casual incidences; similarly for cadauer, occurring thirty-six times. In achieving variety and such deliberate effects, L.

Theb. 694), 479 dimadescere (hapax), 484 circumlabi (hapax, but editors prefer the spelling circum labentis), 729 illatrare (Sil. 286 celator (Exod. ’s familiarity with an array of linguistic registers that prima facie would seem out of place in an epic poem. In fact, specialized vocabulary is but another aspect not only of declamatory technique but also of erudite poetry, in observance to the scientific interests of the time. For instance in his descriptions of combat L. 631 induruit (cf. 630-1 and 751).

Super emicat below) is not attested to by the most authoritative MSS (Malcovati 1940, 112-13 n. 2). ’s nominal compounds, see Gagliardi 1999 in Esposito/Nicastri 1999, 87-107. 70 Cf. Bramble 1982, 541 n. 3. 71 Fantham 1992, 35. ” 73 The model for diction is rather Virgil than Ovid: Fantham 1992, 36. 583. 617 conseruere… nexu (cf. ). ). 4 we encounter the perfectly inoffensive rector, but L. has many nouns in –tor that are seldom found in other writers. 214 adsertor (only three more times: St. Th.

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