Italicus, Silius (c. 28–c. 103), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Punica, written by Silius Italicus (c. 28–c. 103) in the late 1st century AD, is the longest Latin epic poem to survive from antiquity, spanning seventeen books and about twelve thousand lines. Composed in dactylic hexameter it narrates the Second Punic (Carthaginian) War, particularly the strategic conflict between the great generals Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. Rediscovered in the early 15th century by Poggio Bracciolini, the epic gained notable recognition, inviting comparisons to Virgil’s Aeneid. The Punica was crafted by Silius Italicus in his later years, during periods spent at his Campanian villas.

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Kline, A. S.

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