Valerius Flaccus in Silius Italicus

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This chapter aims to address the influence of the Argonautica on the Punica. I follow the view that Silius began his poem around 81 ce, when Valerius had completed a big portion of his Argonautica. Commentators of Silius point to verbal borrowings from Valerius, but it is clear that Silius borrows from Valerius thematic materials as well. I offer a comparative study of the prophecies of Jupiter in Punica 3 and Proteus in Punica 7 with the prophecy in Argonautica 1, of the suicide at Saguntum in Punica 2 with the death of Jason's parents and their katabasis to Elysium in Argonautica 1, of the death of Pyrene in Punica 3 with the abduction of Hylas in Argonautica 3, and of the monstrous serpent of Bagrada in Punica 6 with the Sigean monster in Argonautica 2. All these episodes point to the exploitation of intertext and context from Valerius Flaccus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrill Companion to Valerius Flaccus
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789004278653
ISBN (Print)9789004227415
StatePublished - Jul 14 2014

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