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Exemplary Epic : Silius Italicus'' Punica

By: Tipping, Ben.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Oxford Classical Monographs: Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (256 p.).ISBN: 9780191576409.Subject(s): Ethics -- Rome | Ethics in literature | Example -- History | Punica | Silius Italicus, Tiberius Catius. Punica | Vice in literature | Virtues in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Exemplary Epic : Silius Italicus'' PunicaDDC classification: 873.01 LOC classification: PA6695 .T57 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Editions and Abbreviations; 1. Exordium; 2. Perspective and Paradigm; 3. Hannibal; 4. Fabius Maximus Cunctator; 5. Scipio Africanus Maior; 6. Upending; Bibliography; Index Locorum; General Index
Summary: The force of example was a distinctive determiner of Roman identity. However, examples always rely upon the response of an audience, and are dependent upon context. Even where the example presented is positive, we cannot always suppress any negative associations it may also carry. In this study of the representation of certain central characters in Silius Italicus'' Punica, Ben Tipping considers the virtues and vices they embody, their status as exemplars, and the process bywhich Silius as epic poet heroizes, demonizes, and establishes models. Tipping argues that example is a vital source of significance within the Punica, but also an inherently unstable mode, the lability of which affects both Silius'' epic heroes and his villainous Hannibal.
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Contents; Editions and Abbreviations; 1. Exordium; 2. Perspective and Paradigm; 3. Hannibal; 4. Fabius Maximus Cunctator; 5. Scipio Africanus Maior; 6. Upending; Bibliography; Index Locorum; General Index

The force of example was a distinctive determiner of Roman identity. However, examples always rely upon the response of an audience, and are dependent upon context. Even where the example presented is positive, we cannot always suppress any negative associations it may also carry. In this study of the representation of certain central characters in Silius Italicus'' Punica, Ben Tipping considers the virtues and vices they embody, their status as exemplars, and the process bywhich Silius as epic poet heroizes, demonizes, and establishes models. Tipping argues that example is a vital source of significance within the Punica, but also an inherently unstable mode, the lability of which affects both Silius'' epic heroes and his villainous Hannibal.

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Ben Tipping is Assistant Professor of the Classics, Harvard University.

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