Exemplary Epic: Silius Italicus Punica

Hardcover | June 20, 2010

byBen Tipping

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The force of example was a distinctive determiner of Roman identity. However, examples always rely upon the response of an audience, and are dependent upon context. Even where the example presented is positive, we cannot always suppress any negative associations it may also carry. In thisstudy of the representation of certain central characters in Silius Italicus' Punica, Ben Tipping considers the virtues and vices they embody, their status as exemplars, and the process by which Silius as epic poet heroizes, demonizes, and establishes models. Tipping argues that example is a vitalsource of significance within the Punica, but also an inherently unstable mode, the lability of which affects both Silius' epic heroes and his villainous Hannibal.

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The force of example was a distinctive determiner of Roman identity. However, examples always rely upon the response of an audience, and are dependent upon context. Even where the example presented is positive, we cannot always suppress any negative associations it may also carry. In thisstudy of the representation of certain central c...

Ben Tipping is Assistant Professor of the Classics at Harvard University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:June 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199550115

ISBN - 13:9780199550111

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Table of Contents

1. Exordium2. Perspective and Paradigm3. Hannibal4. Fabius Maximus Cunctator5. Scipio Africanus Maior6. Upending