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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Cosatu needs to get creative

Mail Guardian South Africa 19 Sep 2020
The format that industrial action takes in South Africa is usually in the form of mass gathering, marches and strikes which are no doubt going to be subjected to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic ... The rise of trade unions in South Africa was because of the expansion of industrial mining through the discovery of gold in the 1860s....

'It's a first': Oldest human footprints in Arabian peninsula point to route out of Africa

NBC News 18 Sep 2020
The discovery gives strength to the idea that the Arabian Peninsula was a key route from Africa for early migrations of Homo sapiens ... ....

120,000-year-old footprints discovered in Saudi Arabia reveal how the first people lived

The National 17 Sep 2020
Frozen in time for around 120,000 years, fossilised footprints in Saudi Arabia have pushed back the date when humans are first believed to have migrated from Africa ... It has long been accepted that mass migration of humans from Africa took place around 60,000 years ago, but recent discoveries have found some populations may have left much earlier....

Seven footprints may be the earliest evidence of humans on the Arabian Peninsula

The Guardian 17 Sep 2020
... – a discovery experts say could shed light on the spread of our species out of Africa....

Shares in Discovery fall 3% as spending rises and profit falls

Independent online (SA) 16 Sep 2020
JOHANNESBURG - Shares in South Africa’s Discovery fell 3% on Wednesday after the insurer said it had spent R2.2bn ($134 million) on new initiatives despite a 94% full-year profit fall ... Discovery said the bank, which adapts its insurance model to lending and ......

Blue diamond haul offers rare good news for struggling Petra Diamonds

Independent online (SA) 16 Sep 2020
found five blue stones, typically among the most valuable in the world, at its flagship mine in South Africa. While the discovery will be a boost for the company that’s put itself up for sale after being dragged down by huge debts and a collapse in the diamond market, Petra cautioned that it alone won’t be enough to turn around its fortunes....

Escape into an incredibly sumptuous world with The Holidays Club

Beijing News 16 Sep 2020
New Delhi [India] September 16 (ANI/BusinessWire India). The past few months have been full of highs and lows for a lot of us ... A vacation that can bring alive the hodophile inside them ... It has plans to open luxurious hotels and theme-based holiday resorts with a host of experiences and discoveries in Africa's hottest new travel destination, Djibouti....

Iron Age wine press yields clues to Phoenician building techniques

Phys Dot Org 15 Sep 2020
The earlier discovery of a large number of amphorae—often used to transport liquids and other foodstuffs—indicates that the Phoenicians also traded their wine ... Phoenicians played an important role in the spread of wine in the Mediterranean area, and their tradition of wine consumption was passed on to Europe and North Africa."...

NIOC Ranks 1st in World Oil, Gas Discovery in 2019

Kayhan 14 Sep 2020
Hindi reiterated that the National Iranian Oil Company is the number one oil and gas discovery in the world ... Nine major discoveries took place in 2019 in Iran, Russia, Mauritania, Cyprus, Suriname, South Africa and Malaysia, and the first 20 major discoveries account for 75% of the volume of hydrocarbons discovered in the world....

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A Gem Of An Asset

The Times of India 10 Sep 2020
Since time immemorial, gold and precious gemstones have been a reservoir of wealth ... The discovery of new deposits in Africa such as rubies in Mozambique, sapphires in Madagascar, spinels in Tanzania and increased supply of exceptional emeralds from Zambia has fuelled the growing desire for coloured gems ... By Richa Goyal Sikri. Disclaimer ... ....

13 Million-Year-Old Gibbon Fossil Discovered in Foothills of the Himalayas

Sputnik 09 Sep 2020
Biologists believe the discovery also enhances their ......

The Energy Bulletin Weekly 8 September 2020

Resilience 08 Sep 2020
Africa is the final frontier for oil discoveries because it’s so vastly under-explored and we could even be looking at the last major onshore oil discovery on Earth... The company also announced the discovery of two oil and gas fields in the northern parts of Saudi Arabia ... Africa is the final frontier for oil and gas....