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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Pfizer shot provides partial omicron shield in early study

Detroit news 08 Dec 2021
Since South Africa announced the discovery of omicron on Nov ... Omicron’s rapid spread in South Africa has raised concern that the immune protection generated by vaccination or a previous bout of Covid-19 may be insufficient to stop reinfections or stem a fresh wave of cases and hospitalizations....

Tourism industry hopes Ramaphosa won't consider interprovincial travel bans

Eye Witness News 08 Dec 2021
The tourism sector has been affected by bans imposed by multiple countries on South Africa due to the discovery of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant ... ....

Africa and the impending death of “COVID Theatre”

Business Day Online 08 Dec 2021
What actually happened in fact, was that South African genome sequencing technology identified the new strain in samples taken from European travellers in South Africa, and the country then did what is supposedly the right thing to do – it reported the discovery to the relevant international bodies....

Wall Street Rallies Second Day in Row as Omicron Fears Fade, Tech Stocks up 3%

Urdu Point 08 Dec 2021
The index climbed 2.1% in the previous session. Prior to Monday, US stocks had been battered for weeks, after the discovery of the Omicron variant in South Africa on November 24 and the reporting of the first US case from that on December 1 ... .......

Covid booster vaccines are likely going to be needed 'for a number of years to ...

The Daily Mail 08 Dec 2021
RELATED ARTICLES ... Shares in the pharmaceutical giants rose by 7.4 in the seven days to November 30 — after South Africa alerted the world to the mutant strain on November 24. In the week after Omicron's discovery, investment managing company Vanguard Group Inc made the most money from Pfizer's shares, seeing their total value increase to £1.3billion....

Biomedical research across the globe: Why now is the time to invest in Africa

Open Access Government 07 Dec 2021
They have enormous potential to revolutionise science, speed discoveries and strengthen health care systems in Africa. To ensure African scientists are prepared to lead the coming surge of big data research, the NIH has launched the Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) programme....

Omicron travel bans strike South Africa's safari business

Beaumont Enterprise 07 Dec 2021
DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country's safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic ... Tourism employs about 4.7% of South Africa's workforce....

Omicron Variant and Vaccine Distribution

OWP 07 Dec 2021
Last weekend, news emerged of a new variant of Covid-19, named B.1.1.529, or ‘Omicron,’ from the southern African regions of Botswana and South Africa ... However, since that initial discovery, it was found that people outside of southern Africa had also tested positive for the variant, which means that it most likely didn’t originate from that region....

Omicron travel bans strike South Africa’s safari business

The Associated Press 07 Dec 2021
DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country’s safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic ... They said they are dismayed by the new travel restrictions on South Africa....

2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament will not be moved - CAF dismisses rumours

Ghana Web 07 Dec 2021
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed rumours that next month's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 ... "We can't keep spending time dealing with rumours," he told BBC Sport Africa....

South Africa confirm India itinerary starting with Boxing Day Test

Dawn 07 Dec 2021
... Internationals that had originally been pencilled in, was agreed over the weekend after India had expressed reservations about touring due to the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in South Africa....

First case of Omicron detected in Maldives 07 Dec 2021
The Maldivian government has banned travel to the Maldives from South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe following the discovery of the Omicron variant....

Early study shows Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine provides partial Omicron protection

Straits Times 07 Dec 2021
Since South Africa announced the discovery of Omicron on Nov 25, about 450 researchers globally have been working to isolate the highly mutated variant from patient specimens, grow it in the lab, verify its genomic sequence, and establish methods to test it in blood-plasma samples, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)....