By Paolo Asso
Publication four of Lucan??s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon motives the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. Asso??s remark lines Lucan??s recollections of early Greek stories of production, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the total ebook. After the conflict, the scene switches to the Adriatic shore of Illyricum (Albania), and eventually to Africa, the place the proto-mythical water of the start of the booklet 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 via evil, yet which is still a vital part of Rome. besides 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 clinical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims by way of clinical discourse.
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The earliest occurrence of enclosing word order embraces two consecutive half lines at 5-6 in aequas | commune uices, where the accusative phrase surrounds the already prominent imperium commune that begins line 6 and thus adds greater emphasis on the harmony of intent between Afranius and Pompey. ’s audience when the leaders will differ so clamorously about the option of surrendering to Caesar. ). Similarly, at 150 sed duris fluuium superare lacertis, Caesar’s soldiers swim the river and ‘embrace’ the current with their arms.
S balance in innovative usage and linguistic experimentation. 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.
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A Commentary on Lucan, ''De bello civili'' IV by Paolo Asso