By Silius Italicus, J. D. Duff
Silius (T. Catius Silius Italicus), 25 CE–101, used to be consul in sixty eight and governor of the province of Asia in sixty nine; he sought no extra place of work yet lived thereafter on his estates as a literary guy and collector. He respected the paintings of Cicero, whose Tusculan villa he owned, and that of Virgil, whose tomb at Naples he likewise owned and close to which he lived. His epic Punica, in 17 books, at the moment warfare with Carthage (218–202 BCE), is predicated for proof principally on Livy's account. Conceived as a distinction among nice countries (and their helping gods), championed by means of the 2 nice heroes Scipio and Hannibal, his poem is written in natural Latin and soft verse crammed all through with echoes of Virgil primarily (and different poets); it exploits with effortless grace, yet little genius, all of the units and strategies of conventional Latin epic. The Loeb Classical Library version of Silius Italicus is in volumes.
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46 For im- PUNICA, } IX. 605-633 when the shepherd burns the grass on Pindus or Rhodope," and the fierce blaze spreads through the woods, the leaf-clad heights catch fire and suddenly the flame of fire leaps from point to point and shines over all the lofty range. Scorched by the burning pitch, the beasts ran wild and cleared a wide path through the ranks. Nor was any man bold enough to attack from a to fight them at close quarters distance with javelins and showers of arrows was all they dared.
Per medios agitur, proiecto lucis amore fratres, hie 40 would not have been a defeat of the Romans. Cingulum is a town in Picenum, which T. Labienus, the who went over from Caesar to Pompey at the beginning of the Civil War, rebuilt at his own expense. e. * officer account for the use of the 52 name here. PUNICA, X. 15-42 upon the foe and rescued the youth from death, when he was hard pressed by nimble Vascones and Cantabrians with showers of darts. The foemen fell back and withdrew in fear. So a hunter gleefully chases a roe-deer in a distant valley, and follows close till but, it is weary, hoping soon to put his hand upon it if a fierce lion suddenly emerges from a cave before him and stands in full view, gnashing its teeth, then the red blood leaves the hunter's cheeks, and he drops the weapon that will not serve him at such a pass, and thinks no longer of the quarry he once ; counted on.
Qui, se postquam Aetnae mersit candente barathro concepitque ignes et flammea protulit ora, : Daunia regna agens caecam glomerate pulvere nubem. 500 eripuere oculos aurae vocemque manusque vortice harenoso candentes, flebile dictu, torquet in ora globos Italum et bellare maniplis evolat horrendo stridore ac perflat, ; / iussa laetatur rabie. turn mole ruinae sternuntur tellure et miles et arma tubaeqiie ; atque omnis retro flatu occursante refertur lancea, et in tergiim Rutulis cadit irritus ictus, atque idem flatus Poenorum tela secundant, et velut ammento contorta hastilia turbo adiuvat ac Tyrias impellit stridulus hastas.