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By Paolo Asso

Publication four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon motives the neighborhood rivers to flood the obvious among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s observation strains Lucan??s recollections of early Greek stories of construction, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the total e-book. After the conflict, the scene switches to the Adriatic shore of Illyricum (Albania), and at last to Africa, the place the proto-mythical water of the start of the booklet cedes to the dryness of the barren region. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the struggle of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed via 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 an essential component of Rome. besides Lucan??s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, Africa??s place as part of the Roman global is painstakingly supported by means of astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan??s mixing of clinical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims via medical discourse.

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Affecting in various guises the normal line of thought, hypallage (‘interchange, exchange’)86 obtains highly dramatic effects especially when its use animates the inanimate by posing it as the syntactical subject, or the vocative in an apostrophe with an outcome that resembles personification: 96 pallida tabes (cf. 301 Cato is audax… uirtus. 626 and 626-9). 84 The similarity among metonymy, synecdoche and (perhaps) antonomasia, is noted by Quint. Inst. 28. ” 85 See below ad loc. 86 Cf. : “awkward or humorous changing of agreement or application of words,” showing how problematic and sometimes subjective is the detection of hypallage.

Badalì 1992, xvii adn. 2) saec. XI/XII = lectiones in Commentis Bernensibus, quae dicuntur ab Usenero edita ex cod. Bernensi litt. 370, siue in ipsis lemmatibus siue in interpretationibus effectae, saec. IX/X = adnotationes super Lucanum in GU multisque aliis codicibus seruatae, editae ab I. Endtio an. 1909 Text and Translation Belli Ciuilis Liber Quartus 5 10 15 20 At procul extremis terrarum Caesar in oris Martem saeuus agit non multa caede nocentem maxima sed fati ducibus momenta daturum. iure pari rector castris Afranius illis ac Petreius erat; concordia duxit in aequas imperium commune uices, tutelaque ualli peruigil alterno paret custodia signo.

Fletus quid fundis inanis nec te sponte tua sceleri parere fateris? usque adeone times quem tu facis ipse timendum? classica det bello, saeuos tu neclege cantus; signa ferat, cessa: iam iam ciuilis Erinys concidet et Caesar generum priuatus amabit. nunc ades, aeterno conplectens omnia nexu, o rerum mixtique salus Concordia mundi et sacer orbis amor: magnum nunc saecula nostra uenturi discrimen habent. periere latebrae tot scelerum, populo uenia est erepta nocenti: agnouere suos. pro numine fata sinistro exigua requie tantas augentia clades!

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