By Paolo Asso
Publication four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent hurricane motives the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s statement strains Lucan??s memories of early Greek stories of construction, while Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the entire ebook. 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 publication cedes to the dryness of the barren region. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the warfare of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed by means of 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 way of evil, yet which is still an essential component of Rome. in addition to 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 medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims via clinical discourse.
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43 50 55 60 65 70 44 Belli Ciuilis Liber Quartus 75 80 85 90 hic, ubi iam Zephyri fines, et summus Olympi cardo tenet Tethyn, uetitae transcurrere densos inuoluere globos, congestumque aeris atri uix recipit spatium quod separat aethere terram. iamque polo pressae largos densantur in imbres spissataeque fluunt; nec seruant fulmina flammas quamuis crebra micent: extinguunt fulgura nimbi. hinc inperfecto conplectitur aera gyro arcus uix ulla uariatus luce colorem Oceanumque bibit raptosque ad nubila fluctus pertulit et caelo defusum reddidit aequor.
De or. 167) Africa terribili tremit horrida terra tumultu. ); a people’s name can be a metonym (or synecdoche pars pro _____________ 80 On the etymological play of terribilem with terra, see below ad loc. , Catull. 89-90 quales Eurotae progignunt flumina myrtus / auraue distinctos educit uerna colores. ); cf. Donat. 6 hyperbaton ex omni parte confusum. , 612 Cleonei)83 for the region they inhabit; a goddess can be the Ocean as at 73 Tethyn; a god can mean war as 582 Marte, 770 Martis (or wine, cf.
63, saec. X = Bruxellensis bibl. Burgund. 5330-32, olim Gemblacensis, saec. X = consensus codicum MVPZUG uel eorum plures, praeter tamen eos qui separatim laudantur = alii codices, praesertim recentiores = = = = = Parisinus lat. u. acq. 1626, Ashburnhamensis, saec. IX Bernensis 45, saec. IX Erlangensis 389 (olim 304), saec. X Vaticanus lat. 3284, saec. XI Palatinus lat. 869 (una cum Ottob. lat 1210; ud. Badalì 1992, xvii adn. 2) saec. XI/XII = lectiones in Commentis Bernensibus, quae dicuntur ab Usenero edita ex cod.