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08/18/10

Permalink 07:55:28 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 545 words, 2580 views   English (US)
Categories: Silius Italicus' Punica

Punica reconsidered (or not)

As I previously mentioned, I’ve been reading Robert O’Connell’s The Ghosts of Cannae, an engrossing review of the second Punic war and its most pivotal battle. Early on O’Connell reviews the literary sources. As expected Polybius and Livy loom large, followed by a second tier of later authorities and biographers–important because they had access to records and histories that no longer exist. Beyond these there are other precious scraps–here a reference in Ovid’s Fasti, there a note from the elder Pliny, that sort of thing.

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