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The Roman HannibalRemembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica$
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Claire Stocks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380284

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380284.001.0001

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: Silius Italicus and the Roman Hannibal

: Silius Italicus and the Roman Hannibal

(p.1) Introduction: Silius Italicus and the Roman Hannibal
The Roman Hannibal

Claire Stocks

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's focus: namely the character of Hannibal in SiliusItalicus’ Latin epic, the Punica. Firstly it draws attention to the potency of the name ‘Hannibal’ and the ability that this namestill has to enthral audiences thousands of years after the Carthaginian's death. From here the chapter shifts focus to SiliusItalicus, providing a brief overview of the ‘bad press’ that this author has received in the past and discussing the importance of this text for our understanding of what ‘Hannibal’ meant to Rome. The chapter concludes with a summary of the subsequent chapters and the various methodological approaches that are employed in them.

Keywords:   Hannibal, SiliusItalicus, Rome, bad press

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