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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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Hannibal's Decline after Cannae: Separating Man from Myth

Hannibal's Decline after Cannae: Separating Man from Myth

(p.133) Chapter Seven Hannibal's Decline after Cannae: Separating Man from Myth
The Roman Hannibal

Claire Stocks

Liverpool University Press

This chapter centres on events after Cannae, noting the increasing divide between Hannibal as a character, a man who is undergoing a process of physical and military decline, and Hannibal the legendary warrior, whose super-human reputation continues to grow and to acquire god-like status. It is observed that this divide is particularly evident at Capua, where Hannibal and his men succumb to luxury, whilst the Carthaginian is simultaneously revered as a divine figure by nearly all of Capua's citizens. Also discussed is the potency of Hannibal's name and reputation, which Hannibal's brother Mago accentuates when addressing the Carthaginian senate, and to which Pacuvius refers when trying to dissuade his son Perolla from attacking Hannibal in Capua.

Keywords:   Capua, Mago, Carthage, Pacuvius, Perolla, man, myth, decline, luxury

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