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Reference: Robert Cowan, The headless city: the decline and fall of Capua in Silius Italicus' Punica. (2007).

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Title: The headless city: the decline and fall of Capua in Silius Italicus' Punica

Abstract: The description of the Romans' siege and recapture of Capua in Silius Italicus' Punica develops the city's role as, at different times and to differing extents, a parallel, antitype, surrogate, and rival to Rome, as well as to the other cities, such as Saguntum, Troy, and Alba, which stand in a similarly complex relationship to Rome and to each other. This article explores these issues, through a close reading of the siege narrative and careful attention to its intertextual resonances, as well as Silius' development of a poetics of unfulfillment, his use of counterfactual history, and his treatment of themes of moral decline, civil war, and political power.


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institutionUniversity of Oxford
facultyHumanities Division - Classics Faculty
oxfordCollegeBalliol College
 
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Issue Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
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Type: Book (monograph): Section of book or chapter of book;
Language: en
Version: Author's Original
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