By Paolo Asso

Book 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 statement strains Lucan’s recollections of early Greek stories of construction, while Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the complete 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 publication cedes to the dryness of the wilderness. The narrative unfolds opposed to the history of the struggle of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed via the desiccated desolation of Africa. The statement contrasts the representations of Rome with Africa and explores the importance of Africa as an area infected by way of evil, yet which continues to be an essential component of Rome. in addition to Lucan’s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, Africa’s place as part of the Roman global is painstakingly supported via astronomic and geographic erudition in Lucan’s mixing of clinical and mythological discourse. The poet is a visionary who helps his fact claims through medical discourse.

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