By Paolo Asso
Booklet four of LucanÂ´s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent hurricane explanations the neighborhood rivers to flood the apparent among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. AssoÂ´s statement strains LucanÂ´s recollections of early Greek stories of production, whilst Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the full 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 e-book cedes to the dryness of the wasteland. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the warfare of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed by way of the desiccated desolation of Africa. The remark contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected through evil, yet which is still a vital part of Rome. in addition to LucanÂ´s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, AfricaÂ´s place as part of the Roman international is painstakingly supported through astronomic and geographic erudition in LucanÂ´s mixing of medical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims through clinical discourse.
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IV. Note on the Latin Text The text printed in the present edition is eclectic. Its sole purpose is to provide the basis for the commentary and the translation. ’s work, and whose apparatus is by far the most complete to date, for it corrects many of the inadequacies found in Housman, Hosius, and Shackleton Bailey. 112 The tradition of the text of Lucan’s BC is so rich and varied as to make it impossible for a single editor to peruse and study all of the textual witnesses. 115 In spite of the extensive richness of the tradition, editors of L.
A people’s name can be a metonym (or synecdoche pars pro _____________ 80 On the etymological play of terribilem with terra, see below ad loc. , Catull. 89-90 quales Eurotae progignunt flumina myrtus / auraue distinctos educit uerna colores. ); cf. Donat. 6 hyperbaton ex omni parte confusum. , 612 Cleonei)83 for the region they inhabit; a goddess can be the Ocean as at 73 Tethyn; a god can mean war as 582 Marte, 770 Martis (or wine, cf. 433 Bacchum). Some metonymies are so established in usage that noticing them is perhaps supererogatory, as 82 aequor, ‘leveled expanse’ for ‘sea,’ or 282 lumina for stars.
Pun. 698-701. v. neologism. 64 In spite of the obvious necessity of employing technical vocabulary in his poetry, modern critics of L. ’s vocabulary as a stylistic flaw. Having posed the problem of non-poetic vocabulary (however arbitrarily posed, and mostly without defining what poetic vocabulary should consist in), scholars usually point to the nonpoetic nature of such registers,65 often without offering any criteria at all for their sweeping condemnations. 66 The speed at which L. composed is represented also in the tradition about his extempore performance of the Orpheus at the Neronia of 60.
A Commentary on Lucan, De Bello Civili, Book 4. Introduction, Edition and Translation by Paolo Asso