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Motherhood and the OtherFashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic$
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Antony Augoustakis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.001.0001

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Defining the Other: From altera patria to tellus mater in Silius Italicus' Punica

Defining the Other: From altera patria to tellus mater in Silius Italicus' Punica

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(p.92) 2 Defining the Other: From altera patria to tellus mater in Silius Italicus' Punica
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Motherhood and the Other
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.003.0003

In the second chapter, attention is paid to the construction of what constitutes same and other in the early books of the Punica, by looking at the role of patria, Italy and Africa respectively: the word patria is closely associated with the male protagonists of the poem, especially pairs of fathers and sons, who try to protect their respective fatherlands, quite unsuccessfully. Alienation from one's patria is also evident in Rome's allied cities, especially Saguntum, where women are either silenced (the Amazon Asbyte) or inspired by bacchic frenzy, with a borrowed voice (Tiburna). The appearance of Tellus in book 15, however, marks a change, as the figure of the mother-earth empowers the male warriors to initiate war and discover a new identity.

Keywords:   Silius Italicus' Punica, Patria, Italy, Africa, fathers and sons, Saguntum, Asbyte, Tiburna, Tellus, identity

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