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 Vitality introduces new benefits to customers during lockdown

Independent online (SA) 03 Apr 2020
DURBAN - Discovery Vitality is adjusting its wellness offering to members to encourage healthier choices during this 21-day lockdown. Dinesh Govender, Chief Executive of Discovery Vitality said, "Vitality is a dynamic behaviour change programme aimed at encouraging people to improve their health....

Ancient humans are having a moment. Here are the fascinating new things we've learned this ...

CNN 03 Apr 2020
This is the story of three hominins, or ancient human ancestors, who all lived during the same time two million years ago in what is now South Africa's Johannesburg, called the Cradle of Humankind ... And until this discovery, no erectus fossils had ever been recovered in South Africa ... New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa....

Oldest Homo Erectus Skull Shows Three Early Human Species Co-existed

IFL Science 02 Apr 2020
Two million years ago southern Africa was inhabited by Australopithecus sediba and Paranthropus robustus. Now the discovery of a juvenile Homo erectus skull at Drimolen Cave has revealed a third species present in the area at the same time, and one much more closely connected to ourselves ... The discovery leaves open how H....

Uganda medical aid scheme will not cover Covid-19 patients

Independent online (SA) 02 Apr 2020
In South Africa, medical aid company Discovery Health assured its clients that it would extend healthcare benefits for Covid-19. “The WHO global outbreak benefit is available to all members of Discovery during a declared outbreak period....

Fossil skull casts doubt over modern human ancestry

PhysOrg 02 Apr 2020
Griffith University scientists have led an international team to date the skull of an early human found in Africa, potentially upending human evolution knowledge with their discovery ... ....

Child's skull is the oldest known fossil of the earliest human species

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 02 Apr 2020
The discovery of an ancient, tiny skull in South Africa provides the earliest ever glimpse into the lineage that gave rise to us ... ....

Mega Story: COVID-19 and Other Viruses and Diseases

Mega Doctor News 01 Apr 2020
In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands ... The viruses that cause EVD are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa ... Since its discovery in 1976, the majority of cases and outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease have occurred in Africa....

Fossils of a 100 million year old flying dinosaur found in Mexico

Metro UK 30 Mar 2020
These new finds are very exciting and provide a window into the world of pterosaurs in Cretaceous Africa ... The discovery has helped uncover the poorly known evolutionary history of Africa when dinosaurs roamed the continent ... Fossil evidence shows they flew between South America and Africa – similar to birds today such as condors and albatrosses ... ....

A new vintage to savour

Mail Guardian South Africa 29 Mar 2020
South Africa doesn’t get much tamer than the Cape winelands ... Which is likely what Land Rover had in mind when it planned the route for its launch of the new Discovery Sport ... If what you want is a reasonably sized SUV in which to explore South Africa, there’s no reason to advise against the Discovery Sport....

Delays and shattered hopes: Uganda still waiting for oil riches

Eye Witness News 27 Mar 2020
Fourteen years after the discovery of sub-Saharan Africa's fourth-largest oil reserves, not a drop has been extracted ... ....

South African Jesuit: Informal settlements 'perfect storm' for COVID-19

Hawaii Catholic Herald 23 Mar 2020
The number of cases in South Africa reached 402 March 23 ... The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, known as SECAM, published a prayer for the "cure of the sick, eternal life for the dead, and consolation for stricken families," as well as for "rapid discovery of an effective treatment" for the virus....
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Some Twitter Users Really Think Putin Released Hundreds of Lions in Russian Streets to Make People Stay Home

Newsweek 23 Mar 2020
A bogus tweet that features a doctored photo of a lion standing in a dark, empty street is circling the web and being taken as truth—as evidence of the next wave of COVID-19 prevention ... In actuality, the photo of the lion was originally taken in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2016—a discovery made by India Today via a reverse image search ... Culture. ....

Days of our Lives spoilers for next week: Abigail returns, Nicole struggles, and Stefano’s latest ...

m&c 20 Mar 2020
Abigail’s return means trouble for Stefano’s master plan involving Chad. Pic credit. NBC ... Nicole is struggling with her theory ... Abigail (Kate Mansi) returns from Africa and immediately senses something is off with Chad (Billy Flynn). She makes a shocking discovery about her husband, and it could put Abigail in grave danger ... ....