Absurdly Scythian Spaniards: Silius, Horace and the Concani

Absurdly Scythian Spaniards: Silius, Horace and the Concani 260 MISCELLANEA So, print L . The reading quid in M can be seen as an attempt to repair the text after alii was lost. 1 ) NL-1015 BS A  , Herengracht 102G H  P  h.pinkster@uva.nl 1) I thank Jakob Wisse for his comments on earlier versions of this note. I have not been able to convince him. ABSURDLY SCYTHIAN SPANIARDS: SILIUS, HORACE AND THE CONCANI 1 ) The Punica of Silius Italicus is obsessed with the past and with its impact on the present. Its narrative of the Second Punic War ceaselessly draws attention to and dramatises that episode’s place in Roman history. The war is both a result of events as far back as Aeneas’ sojourn in Carthage and before it the Trojan War, and at the same time a cause of the ethical and political decline which would drag Rome into civil war and the moral turpitude of the Flavian present. Often this causation is stated explicitly, 2 ) but Silius also employs more indirect means. Notable among these are intertextuality and the motif of descent. I shall brie fl y sketch his technique with these, before discussing a very small instance http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

Absurdly Scythian Spaniards: Silius, Horace and the Concani

Mnemosyne, Volume 59 (2): 260 – Jan 1, 2006

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260 MISCELLANEA So, print L . The reading quid in M can be seen as an attempt to repair the text after alii was lost. 1 ) NL-1015 BS A  , Herengracht 102G H  P  h.pinkster@uva.nl 1) I thank Jakob Wisse for his comments on earlier versions of this note. I have not been able to convince him. ABSURDLY SCYTHIAN SPANIARDS: SILIUS, HORACE AND THE CONCANI 1 ) The Punica of Silius Italicus is obsessed with the past and with its impact on the present. Its narrative of the Second Punic War ceaselessly draws attention to and dramatises that episode’s place in Roman history. The war is both a result of events as far back as Aeneas’ sojourn in Carthage and before it the Trojan War, and at the same time a cause of the ethical and political decline which would drag Rome into civil war and the moral turpitude of the Flavian present. Often this causation is stated explicitly, 2 ) but Silius also employs more indirect means. Notable among these are intertextuality and the motif of descent. I shall brie fl y sketch his technique with these, before discussing a very small instance

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