By Silius Italicus, J. D. Duff
Silius (T. Catius Silius Italicus), 25 CE–101, was once consul in sixty eight and governor of the province of Asia in sixty nine; he sought no extra workplace yet lived thereafter on his estates as a literary guy and collector. He respected the paintings of Cicero, whose Tusculan villa he owned, and that of Virgil, whose tomb at Naples he likewise owned and close to which he lived. His epic Punica, in 17 books, at the moment struggle with Carthage (218–202 BCE), relies for proof principally on Livy's account. Conceived as a distinction among nice international locations (and their helping gods), championed through the 2 nice heroes Scipio and Hannibal, his poem is written in natural Latin and gentle verse stuffed all through with echoes of Virgil certainly (and different poets); it exploits with effortless grace, yet little genius, all of the units and strategies of conventional Latin epic. The Loeb Classical Library version of Silius Italicus is in volumes.