Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Narratives in Silius Italicus’ Punica

Cover Narratives in Silius Italicus’ <i>Punica</i>

Series: The Language of Classical Literature, Volume: 38

This study investigates the role of embedded narratives in Silius Italicus’ Punica, an epic from the late first century AD on the Second Punic War (218–202 BC). At first sight, these narratives seem to be loosely ‘embedded’ in the epic, having their own plot and being situated in a different time or place than the main narrative. A closer look reveals, however, that they foreshadow or recall elements that are found elsewhere in the epic. In this way, they serve as ‘mirrors’ of the main narrative. The larger part of this book consists of four detailed case studies. 


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