By Paolo Asso
E-book four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon explanations the neighborhood rivers to flood the obvious among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s observation lines Lucan??s memories of early Greek stories of production, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the full publication. 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 heritage of the conflict of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed through the desiccated desolation of Africa. The observation contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected through 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 way of astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan??s mixing of medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims through clinical discourse.
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S familiarity with an array of linguistic registers that prima facie would seem out of place in an epic poem. In fact, specialized vocabulary is but another aspect not only of declamatory technique but also of erudite poetry, in observance to the scientific interests of the time. For instance in his descriptions of combat L. 631 induruit (cf. 630-1 and 751). To say ‘corpse’ he opts for the allegedly prosaic cadauer (787), which occurs frequently in L. 319-47). 73 A few examples from distinctive vocabulary will show how L.
582); 223 and 394 impetere (Sil. 273; St. Theb. 694), 479 dimadescere (hapax), 484 circumlabi (hapax, but editors prefer the spelling circum labentis), 729 illatrare (Sil. 286 celator (Exod. ’s familiarity with an array of linguistic registers that prima facie would seem out of place in an epic poem. In fact, specialized vocabulary is but another aspect not only of declamatory technique but also of erudite poetry, in observance to the scientific interests of the time. For instance in his descriptions of combat L.
76 Gagliardi 1999, 106-7. 77 On prosaic diction, see the references collected below at 582n. exarsit. 24 Introduction Syntax and Word Order L. 98 concordia discors. ). With his love for driving home a point over and over, L. cannot avoid repetition when a good opportunity presents itself. ); see also 305 siccos… uapores, where the scientific interests of L. and his audience become relevant. ), and yet jarring in spite of the difficulty of spotting the oxymoron feature because of a calculated hyperbaton, as in 607 auxilio… cadendi, where the enclosing word order wraps the entire line.