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The Roman Hannibal: Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica

Claire Stocks


SiliusItalicus’ Punica, the longest surviving epic in Latin literature, has seen a resurgence of interest among scholars in recent years. A celebration of Rome's triumph over Hannibal and Carthage during the second Punic war, Silius’ poem presents a plethora of familiar names to its readers: Fabius Maximus, Claudius Marcellus, Scipio Africanus and, of course, Rome's ‘ultimate enemy’ – Hannibal. Where most recent scholarship on the Punicahas focused its attention on the problematic portrayal of Scipio Africanus as a hero for Rome, this book shifts the focus to Carthage and offers a new reading ... More

Keywords: Hannibal, SiliusItalicus, Punica, epic, Flavian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781781380284
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Stocks, author
Radboud University, Nijmegen