By Paolo Asso
E-book four of LucanÂ´s epic contrasts Europe with Africa. on the conflict of Lerida (Spain), a violent typhoon motives the neighborhood rivers to flood the obvious among the 2 hills the place the opposing armies are camped. AssoÂ´s observation strains LucanÂ´s recollections of early Greek stories of construction, while Chaos held the weather in vague confusion. This primordial broth units the tone for the total booklet. 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 booklet cedes to the dryness of the wasteland. The narrative unfolds opposed to the heritage of the conflict of the weather. The Spanish deluge is changed through the desiccated desolation of Africa. The observation 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. besides LucanÂ´s different geographic and natural-scientific discussions, AfricaÂ´s place as part of the Roman international is painstakingly supported by means of 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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Badalì’s complex system of sigla assigns as far as possible an unambiguous label to each of the many variants cited in his apparatus, relying on both superscript and subscript figures along with the sigla to account for corrections, erasures, and first readings, not to mention the variants reported in the scholiastic tradition. The system used by Badalì seemed far too prolix to reproduce for the present edition and ultimately bound to confusion without direct access to the manuscripts and/or Badalì’s collations.
24 Introduction Syntax and Word Order L. 98 concordia discors. ). With his love for driving home a point over and over, L. cannot avoid repetition when a good opportunity presents itself. ); see also 305 siccos… uapores, where the scientific interests of L. and his audience become relevant. ), and yet jarring in spite of the difficulty of spotting the oxymoron feature because of a calculated hyperbaton, as in 607 auxilio… cadendi, where the enclosing word order wraps the entire line. In Book IV the instances of enclosing word order, as a particular effect resulting from the skilful use of hyperbaton, encompass the whole line, or leave out the first word(s), or even extend to more than one line.
Barker 1914. Müller 1894, 241. See the ‘Index Metricus Hosianus’ available in Hosius’ edition and reprinted by Shacketon Bailey. 103 That L. was fast at composing, as exemplified by his extempore Orpheus, does not necessarily mean that he was hasty, or that he would produce inadvertently the effects that sometimes scholars happen to find distasteful. The most apparent fault would be lack of metrical variation, but only in comparison to Virgil and Ovid, who do not insist on certain schemes as often as L.
A Commentary on Lucan, De Bello Civili, Book 4. Introduction, Edition and Translation by Paolo Asso