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Silius (T. Catius Silius Italicus), 25 CE–101, used to be 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 battle with Carthage (218–202 BCE), relies for proof mostly on Livy's account. Conceived as a distinction among nice international locations (and their assisting gods), championed by means of the 2 nice heroes Scipio and Hannibal, his poem is written in natural Latin and tender verse crammed all through with echoes of Virgil in particular (and different poets); it exploits with effortless grace, yet little genius, all of the units and methods of conventional Latin epic.

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