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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How to get rich from commodities

Economist 08 Jun 2023
Africa’s soil is studded with buried treasure ... Since 2000 more big petroleum discoveries have been made in sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region ... Resource-rich states are more likely to suffer dictatorship or civil war.\nManaging resources better is crucial to the future of Africa....

Small-brained ancient human cousins may have buried their dead, according to a surprising study

Madison 07 Jun 2023
Fossil remains of the species — named Homo naledi — were uncovered in underground caves in South Africa a decade ago ... Researchers lay out fossils of Homo naledi at the University of the Witwatersrand's Evolutionary Studies Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014....

Kobo Resources Reports High-Grade Gold Intersections in Trenching at its Kossou Gold Project, Including 6.42x ...

The Galveston Daily News 07 Jun 2023
QUEBEC CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 7, 2023-- ... Figure 1 ... Incl ... Kobo Resources is a growth-focused gold exploration company with a compelling new gold discovery in Cote d’Ivoire, one of West Africa’s most prolific and developing gold districts, hosting several multi-million-ounce gold mines ... AFRICA COTE D'IVOIRE UNITED KINGDOM CANADA NORTH AMERICA EUROPE....

Scientists claim evidence that our distant relatives buried their dead

Sandhills Express 06 Jun 2023
JohannesburgScientists in South Africa have claimed a discovery they believe could force us to rethink some fundamentals of what it means to be human ... discovery of a new species of human relative, Homo naledi, was unveiled at The Cradle of Human Kind in South Africa in 2015....

World's oldest burial site challenges human evolution: Scientists discover small-brained primitive species that lived more ...

The Daily Mail 06 Jun 2023
The archaic humans, known as Homo naledi, buried their dead and marked the graves with symbols etched and painted inside a cave system in South Africa ... These findings could rewrite history because such behaviors have only been observed among larger-brained ancient Homo sapiens - but the latest discovery predates this group by at least 100,000 years....

Scientists discover 1st species outside of humans to bury their dead

ABC7 06 Jun 2023
Bigger brains may not equate to higher intelligence after all, according to a remarkable discovery about an early hominin ... Berger was also involved in the findings that led to the discovery of Australopithecus sediba in 2008 at the Malapa site, also in the cradle of Africa ... Read more about the discovery at

Enigmatic Species Seemingly Buried Dead and Carved Symbols 100,000 Years Before Modern Humans

Ancient Origins 06 Jun 2023
A groundbreaking series of papers published yesterday proposes that Homo naledi , an ancient human species, engaged in burial practices and created engravings deep within a cave system in southern Africa approximately 300,000 years ago ... Back in 2013, a team of cavers exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa made an astounding discovery....

Scientists find world’s oldest known burial site in Africa

Russia Today 06 Jun 2023
Scientists have made a discovery in South Africa, unearthing the world’s oldest known burial site on record containing the remains of a small-brained species that was previously believed to be incapable of exhibiting complex behavior ... However, subsequent discoveries made by ......

Homo naledi, long-lost human species, buried their dead and carved cave symbols, say scientists

Indian Express 06 Jun 2023
While we already know a lot about the Neanderthals, Homo naledi are a recent discovery. Lee Berger, who is a palaeoanthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, recovered more than 1,500 fossil specimens belonging to 15 individual species in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa in 2014, according to Scientific American ... ....

Investments in overseas fields add to output, reserves

China Daily 06 Jun 2023
Crude oil production rose to 146 million tons while natural gas production reached 47 billion cubic meters, with major oil and gas discoveries in countries including Angola, Guyana and Brazil, it said. Countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America have become major ......

How to watch ‘Naked and Afraid: Last One Standing’ episode 5 on Discovery channel

Penn Live 04 Jun 2023
Last One Standing,” episode 5 will air on Discovery Channel Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m ... on Discovery Channel. Set in South Africa’s Oribi Gorge, contestants will test their skills as they compete for a chance to win $100,000 ... Where to find Discovery. You can find which channel Discovery is on by using the channel finders here....

Invest In African Energy Forum In Paris Sparks New Conversation Around Local Content Ahead Of ...

MENA FN 02 Jun 2023
(MENAFN - African Press Organization) Since early discoveries of oil and gas in Africa, European investors and project developers have been instrumental in driving project developments, providing ... ....

South African economy bleeds billions of rands every year due to rampant illicit activities

Independent online (SA) 31 May 2023
South Africa's economy is bleeding billions of rands every year due to rampant illicit activities such as illegal mining, trade in counterfeit goods, wildlife trafficking, bootlegged fuel, and illicit alcohol and tobacco ... Giudici said there was a lack of implementation of the law to effectively fight illicit trade in South Africa....

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