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Exemplary EpicSilius Italicus' Punica$
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Ben Tipping

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550111.001.0001

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Fabius Maximus Cunctator

Fabius Maximus Cunctator

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Exemplary Epic

Ben Tipping

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the character Fabius in Silius' Punica. Fabius is a singular figure, whose unique representation of the Roman cause Silius most conspicuously brings to the fore in the Punica through play on unus but also simply by making him, for a time a focus for its epic action. In that sense, he is a prototype for such future single rulers as Augustus. Fabius, despite (meta-)epic moments of proactivity and velocity, is pointedly a paradigm of cunctation.

Keywords:   Fabius, Silius, Punica, Roman epic, epic poem

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