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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Chinese-invested Husab mine marks 10 years of sustainable growth in Namibia

Xinhua 08 Dec 2023
SWAKOPMUND, Namibia, Dec ... Currently, Swakop Uranium's Husab Mine is one of the most significant uranium discoveries globally in the past decade and stands out as China's single largest investment in Africa ... The mining company launched its sustainability report in September, highlighting significant strides towards a clean and green environment. ■ ... ....

Invictus Energy unveils gas discovery in northern Zimbabwe

Xinhua 07 Dec 2023
"The discovery represents one of the most significant developments in the onshore Southern Africa oil and gas industry for decades," said Scott Macmillan, managing director of Invictus Energy, in a press release. The company said that this discovery marks the first Triassic-aged hydrocarbon discovery in sub-Saharan Africa....

Zimbabwe Says It Has Discovered Gas Deposits

Voa News 07 Dec 2023
The Zimbabwean government hopes the discovery, if it can be exploited, will help reduce the need for expensive imported energy ... This is the first triassic discovery in sub–Saharan Africa and one of the significant developments in the onshore oil and gas industry in onshore for many decades.”....

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The Atlantic 07 Dec 2023
Sign up here ... In his 1982 Atlantic feature, “ Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? ,” the journalist Edward Jay Epstein outlines what he describes as “the diamond invention.” Following the discovery of huge diamond deposits in South Africa at the end of the 19th century, the diamond industry had a problem on its hands ... W. Ayer ... Marilyn Monroe did. ....

Africa: Emerging Climate Finance Infrastructure to Match Africa's Green Bankable Solutions

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IBM Partners with Boehringer Ingelheim to Leverage AI in Antibody Discovery

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We just found a rare sand-swimming golden mole we thought was extinct

BGR 01 Dec 2023
A rare sightless golden mole, thought to be extinct for over 80 years, has been rediscovered in South Africa ... According to a post shared by the EWT, the mole was found by dogs trained to sniff for it in South Africa ... Image source ... But there was more to the discovery than just spotting this rare golden mole along the sandy dunes of South Africa ... ....

Filmmakers in Bruce Peninsula 'accidentally' discover 128-year-old shipwreck

Auburnpub dot com 30 Nov 2023
This summer, the Bruce Peninsula filmmakers accidentally discovered what’s believed to be the wreck of the “Africa,” a steamship that sunk in October of 1895 while carrying coal from the United States to Owen Sound across Lake Huron ... Eleven people perished on the Africa when it sank ... This place was named after the captain of the Africa, Hans Larsen....

Dishing the dirt on human evolution: Why scientific techniques matter in archaeology

Science Daily 30 Nov 2023
... evolution following recent controversies at a cave site in Africa, says a group of international experts....

Endeavour Increases Indicated Resources at Its Tanda-Iguela Greenfield Property by 303% to 4.5moz

Enid News & Eagle 29 Nov 2023
Given that we have delineated a 4.5Moz Indicated resource at 2 g/t Au for the Assafou deposit, it already ranks as one of the most significant discoveries made in West Africa over the last decade....

Ghana Mining Expo pushes for community development agreement policy

B & FT Online 28 Nov 2023
Although Ghana is the number-one producer of gold in Africa, communities still do not feel any impact in terms of development. With the discovery of critical minerals such as lithium, government must ensure a proper community development agreement ... and local communities in Africa....

Parades, parties and programs, oh my! Hattiesburg Christmas events cover it all

Hattiesburg American 28 Nov 2023
The city of Hattiesburg's annual tree-lighting ceremony Thursday at Town Square Park will open the door to a month of holiday festivities in Hattiesburg. The tree lighting will begin at 7.30 p.m ... Thursday ... Friday ... 11. Saturday ... Dec ... Claus in the Asbury Discovery Center, photos with Santa at the Africa Pavilion, animal encounters and unlimited train rides....