Light on the Water in Silius Italicus’ Punica and Claudian’s De Raptu Proserpinae

in Mnemosyne
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?

Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.


Have Institutional Access?

Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?


If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

Light on the Water in Silius Italicus’ Punica and Claudian’s De Raptu Proserpinae

in Mnemosyne


AugoustakisA. Motherhood and the Other. Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic 2010 Oxford

BarrattP. M. Annaei Lucani Belli civilis liber v. A Commentary 1979 Amsterdam

BassettE.L. WallachL. Hercules and the Hero of the Punica The Classical Tradition. Studies in Honor of Harry Caplan 1966 Ithaca 258 273

BreedB.W. Pastoral Inscriptions. Reading and Writing Virgil’s Eclogues 2006 London

ChaudhuriP. The War with God. Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry 2014 Oxford

FernandelliM. La maniera classicistica di Silio. Tre esempi dal libro vii Incontri triestini di filologia classica 2005/2006 5 73 118

GruzelierC. Claudian. De raptu Proserpinae 1993 Oxford

HarrisonS.J. BassonA.F.DominikW.J. Meta-Imagery. Some Self-Reflexive Similes in Latin Epic Literature Art History. Studies on Classical Antiquity and Tradition in Honour of W.J. Henderson 2003 Bern 9 16

KlaassenE.K. AugoustakisA. Imitation and the Hero Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus 2010 Leiden 99 126

LittlewoodR.J. A Commentary on Silius Italicus’ Punica 7 2011 Oxford

LyneR.O.A.M. Further Voices in Virgil’s Aeneid 1987 Oxford

MarksR. AugoustakisA. Silius and Lucan Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus 2010 Leiden 127 153

MarksR. Statio-Silian Relations in the Thebaid and Punica 1-2 CPh 2014 109 130 139

PavlockB. The Hero and the Erotic in Aeneid 7-12 Vergilius 1992 38 72 87

PollmannK.F.L. Statius Thebaid 12. Introduction Text and Commentary 2004 Paderborn

PoortvlietH.M. C. Valerius Flaccus Argonautica book ii. A Commentary 1991 Amsterdam

RawlingsL. RawlingsL.BowdenH. Hannibal and Hercules Herakles and Hercules. Exploring a Graeco-Roman Divinity 2005 Swansea 153 184

StocksC.A. SchaffenrathF. [Re]constructing Epic. Sicily and the Punica in Miniature Silius Italicus. Akten der Innsbrucker Tagung vom 19.-21. Juni 2008 2010 Frankfurt am Main 151 166

StocksC.A. The Roman Hannibal. Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus’ Punica 2014 Liverpool

SznajderL. BréchetC.VideauA.WebbR. Quelques pistes dans le champ lexical de la fiction en latin Théorie et pratique de la fiction à l’époque impériale 2013 Paris 49 62

TippingB. Exemplary Epic. Silius Italicus’ Punica 2010 Oxford

WareC. Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition 2012 Cambridge


See the identification in Littlewood 2011ad loc. and the longer discussion in Fernandelli 2005/2006 88-90.


Barratt 1979ad loc. notes the connection.


See Augoustakis 2010127-136.


See Stocks 2014218-221Tipping 2010 and Bassett 1966. For the identification between the historical Hannibal and Hercules see Rawlings 2005.


See Stocks 2010.


See Marks 2014.


See Pollmann 2004ad loc.; tll s.v. imago 407.79-408.29.


Harrison 20039-16 discusses the term’s metapoetic role in similes. Breed 2013 74-94 examines the phrase imago uocis as a metaphor for intertextuality. See also Sznajder 2013.


See Gruzelier 1993ad loc. Claudian may have also employed a parallel connection to Silius’ images of light on water in his description of dawn: Claud. drp 2.2-3 tremulis uibratur in undis / ardor et errantes ludunt per caerula flammae. This passage may potentially draw on Silius’ description of the sky clearing after the storm sent by Jupiter that turns Hannibal aside from Rome: Sil. Pun. 12.731-732 redditur extemplo flagrantior aethere lampas / et tremula infuso resplendent caerula Phoebo. Hannibal’s failure to capture Rome is one of the major turning points in the Punica one engineered by Jupiter in order to allow the fulfillment of Roman historical destiny. See Chaudhuri 2014 231-255. The opening of drp 2 offers an equally significant narrative turn the prelude to Proserpina’s rape a crime similarly contrived by Jupiter.

Index Card

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 6 6 3
Full Text Views 13 13 13
PDF Downloads 3 3 3
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0