Africa (Petrarch)

Africa is an epic poem in Latin hexameters by the 14th century Italian poet Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca). It tells the story of the Second Punic War, in which the Carthaginian general Hannibal invaded Italy, but Roman forces were eventually victorious after an invasion of north Africa led by Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, the epic poem's hero.


Africa and De viris illustribus were partially inspired by Petrarch's visit to Rome in 1337. According to Bergin and Wilson (p. ix). It seems very likely that the inspirational vision of the Eternal City must have been the immediate spur to the design of the Africa and probably De viris illustribus as well. After returning from his grand tour, the first sections of Africa were written in the valley of Vaucluse. Petrarch recalls

The fact that he abandoned it early on is not entirely correct since it was far along when he received two invitations (from Rome and from Paris) in September 1340 each asking him to accept the crown as poet laureate. A preliminary form of the poem was completed in time for the laurel coronation April 8, 1341 (Easter Sunday).

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Discovery believes the NHI needs private sector collaboration

Independent online (SA) 22 Sep 2023
Discovery said trying to fund the NHI through increases in tax was not sustainable on South Africa’s small tax base - the Department of Health estimates at least R200 billion per year would be required to fund the NHI ... This was after Discovery’s three business composites – South ......

Discovery Bank to reach operational break-even faster than expected

Independent online (SA) 22 Sep 2023
Discovery Bank ... Discovery Bank, one of a number of new small banks in South Africa in recent years, was launched in November 2018 as the world’s first behavioural bank, a digital bank that aimed to help clients bank healthier and to leverage Discovery’s shared-value model....

$10bn PPP Scheme Targets Food Security in Africa, Middle-East

This Day 22 Sep 2023
The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, has stated that a $10 billion Public-Private Partnership Initiative is expected to bring climate-resilient food security and food systems transformation to millions in Africa and the Middle East ... The Africa and Middle East Safe Initiative propels the spirit of harnessing opportunities....

Black People and Morality, by Richard Knight

The Unz Review 19 Sep 2023
122, to “Duncan’s Africa, Vol ... 153 HH quotes “Lander’s Africa”, p ... 97 HH quotes Dixon Denham and Hugh Clapperton, 1826, Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, Vol ... 122, to “Duncan’s Africa, Vol ... 97 HH quotes Dixon Denham and Hugh Clapperton, 1826, Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, Vol....

Discovery Bank launches TapToGive virtual card campaign to support sports development in South Africa (Discovery Limited)

Public Technologies 18 Sep 2023
Johannesburg, 18 September 2023 - As we celebrate Heritage Month in South Africa, Discovery Bank today announced the launch of a unique virtual card campaign to help promote sports development locally and showcase their advanced digital payment functionality ... Beneficiaries of Discovery Bank's virtual card campaign include....

Tackling youth unemployment in Africa through AI-Related jobs

B & FT Online 18 Sep 2023
By providing an environment that encourages exploration and discovery, these centres not only foster innovation, but also generate high-value jobs that contribute to Africa’s technological advancement ... Africa’s diverse challenges—from healthcare access to agricultural productivity—can be met with tailor-made AI solutions....

Inside the secret conservation camp that’s home to gorillas and elephants

The Times/The Sunday Times 17 Sep 2023
In the Congo Basin — the second largest rainforest after the Amazon — it’s one of the oldest parks in Africa but remains persistently under the radar ... Only 285 tourists visited Odzala last year (compared to one million plus for South Africa’s Kruger National Park). It was this sense of discovery and untouched wilderness that drew me to the park....

Paleontologists Furious When Ancient Human Fossils Blasted to Space

Futurism 15 Sep 2023
The bones aboard, as Live Science notes, belonged to the roughly two million year old Australopithecus sediba and the 250,000-year-old Homo naledi, both of which were found near Johannesburg, South Africa by National Geographic's Lee Berger, who played a huge hand in the discovery of both species....

Standard Bank Private and WineX present SA’s most vibrant wine festival

Mail Guardian South Africa 15 Sep 2023
At Standard Bank Private, we believe there’s a story in every glass, and relationships forged from the many beautifully crafted wines of South Africa.” ... WineX Show Director Michael Fridjhon is delighted with the new relationship, which brings together South Africa’s iconic wine show and Africa’s best Private Bank....

Mark Bristow: Dream big and work hard

Elko Daily Free Press 15 Sep 2023
He grew up in South Africa and was always involved in sports and athletics – “I’ve run more than 200 standard marathons.” ... “South Africa was a very dynamic place as I grew up,” Bristow said ... I think they were just petrified of Africa ... Then we made the first of a series of discoveries in Mali, at Morila ... It’s a spectacular discovery....

US Open doubles tennis champ Kgothatso KG Montjane eyeing a singles Grand Slam title and ...

Independent online (SA) 15 Sep 2023
Johannesburg - Should Kgothatso Montjane be regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest tennis players? ... “I am well looked after by my sponsors Solvay, Discovery, Avon, Nike, Dunlop, Ottobock and my management team at Optimize Agency.South Africa’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane during a car handover....

The cosmic craft of Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh

The New Arab 15 Sep 2023
A true pioneer of the discipline ... It's a shame that his works are largely forgotten and unheard ... Christina Hazboun is a Palestinian writer, researcher and music manager, who focuses on independent, non-mainstream music from South West Asia and North Africa. She is also the founder of the music discovery platform @thesonicagent. Follow her on Instagram....

Southern Africa to benefit from big oil and gas deposits in Namibia

Independent online (SA) 14 Sep 2023
Massive” offshore oil and gas discoveries in Namibia over the past two years would be important for South Africa, the region and for the continent, and some of the oil reserves also extend into South African waters, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said yesterday....

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