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S. J. Heyworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.001.0001

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Haec tum Roma fuit: Past, Present, and Closure in Silius Italicus’ Punica

Haec tum Roma fuit: Past, Present, and Closure in Silius Italicus’ Punica

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(p.221) 10 Haec tum Roma fuit: Past, Present, and Closure in Silius Italicus’ Punica
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Classical Constructions
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Ben Tipping

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.003.0010

This chapter explores the wide range of closural issues that the Punica raises. It shows that the Liternum episode may be seen to illustrate not only the Punica’s openness to a Punic point of view, but more broadly Silius’ limited power, as Roman epicist, over aperture and closure: his poetic celebration of Roman victory — or victories — cannot altogether contain the dominant figure of the enemy, who thus perhaps becomes this ‘Punic’ poem’s anti-hero, nor control the problematic lapse between Roman past and present, nor, indeed, determine how, or how much of, the Punica will be read.

Keywords:   Silius Italicus, Punica, Roman victory, closure

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