Campanian Politics and Poetics in Silius Italicus' Punica

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This article discusses the references to Campania in Silius Italicus’ Punica and the prominent role of the region in the Capua episode in book 11. Campania is underscored as a place within Italy where politics and poetic activity intertwine to promote the region as a birthplace of prominent politicians and as a locus of otium for poetic activity. In addition, the synergy between Capua and Rome, anachronistically foreshadowed by the poet, seems to question the appearance of a seamless Italian unity, thus locating the seeds of Rome’s decline in the Second Punic War.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-169
Number of pages15
JournalIllinois Classical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


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