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.

Background

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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Springfield-EP-Makes-Significant-Oil-Discovery-Offshore-Ghana

Peace FM Online 18 Nov 2019
Springfield Exploration and Production (SEP) Limited, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Government of Ghana will very soon, officially announce details of its maiden Afina-1 well discovery in the West Cape Three Points Block2, offshore Ghana ... The Block has existing oil discoveries of Odum, Banda and Beech....
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How This Decade of Archaeology Changed What We Know About Human Origins

Gizmodo 14 Nov 2019
As study co-author Jean-Jacques Hublin put it, “There is no Garden of Eden in Africa, because the Garden of Eden is Africa.” The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old tools in Algeria the following year provided even more evidence in support of this claim ... The discovery, led by ......
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Guyana oil-quality concern made Tullow worst fall on record

Petroleum World 14 Nov 2019
- Shares drop 27% as discovery is shown to be sulfurous ... Tullow Oil Plc fell the most in the company's history after saying it's reassessing the commercial viability of discoveries in Guyana ... That's disappointing to shareholders as the Guyanese discoveries earlier this year had countered concerns over troubled ventures elsewhere....
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Business leaders laud China's support of multilateralism, contributions to BRICS development

Xinhua 14 Nov 2019
BRASILIA, Nov ... At the same time, Xi said, mounting protectionism and bullyism are eroding global trade and investment and weighing down the world economy ... Ayanda Ntsaluba, executive director of South Africa's Discovery Holdings, said "China has taken a leading role in the development of digital economy, which gives us a chance to learn." ... ....
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Roundup: Business leaders laud China's support of multilateralism, contributions to BRICS development

China.dot.org 14 Nov 2019
BRASILIA, Nov ... At the same time, Xi said, mounting protectionism and bullyism are eroding global trade and investment and weighing down the world economy ... Ayanda Ntsaluba, executive director of South Africa's Discovery Holdings, said "China has taken a leading role in the development of digital economy, which gives us a chance to learn." ... Enditem ....
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Tullow Oil shares in freefall on production concerns in South America and Africa

The Irish Times 13 Nov 2019
More than one quarter was wiped off the stock market valuation of Tullow Oil on Wednesday after it warned about the commercial viability of two major oil discoveries in Guyana and reported poor production in Ghana ... there, on top of delays at its operations elsewhere in Africa....
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Crystal Endeavor's 2022 Expedition Collection Now Available for Booking

Dothan Eagle 13 Nov 2019
... Iceland, Greenland, the Falkland Islands, and Chilean fjords and glaciers on designated “Remote Expeditions”, while “Cultural Discovery” and “Destination Exploration” sailings sail to Western Europe, the British Isles, Africa’s west coast, the Caribbean and Panama Canal....
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Gas will hold the key to Africa’s energy future – IEA

Business Day Online 12 Nov 2019
IEA says the future for gas in the continent could look different due to a series of major discoveries in recent years – Mozambique and Tanzania, Egypt, Senegal and Mauritania, and South Africa, which collectively accounted for over 40 percent of global gas discoveries between 2011 and 2018....
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Also Known As Africa fair draws crowds but lacks big galleries—for now

The Art Newspaper 11 Nov 2019
The busy fourth edition of AKAA—Also Known as Africa, which closed today at the Carreau du Temple in Paris, reinforced its commitment to showcasing contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora while remaining a discovery fair ... Affordable discoveries by upcoming artists are ......
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Fort Worth company making technological strides with electric motors

Fort Worth Business Press 11 Nov 2019
The superpower ... The plan was to distribute the devices in developing regions in Africa, South America and parts of Asia. Fred made a key discovery while architecting and designing a linear electrical generator for the project. They pulled the plug on the windmill project and later patented the discovery and the invention that followed, namely. HET ... .......
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PICS: Scientists uncover humanoid fossils in Mpumalanga

Independent online (SA) 09 Nov 2019
"This accidental discovery could possibly turn out to be one of the most critical archaeological finds ever, as it shines a light on a brutal ancient past in South Africa, with many unimaginable creatures and humanoids, going back well over 100,000 years," the institute said in a statement....
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Zimbabwe bans South Africa livestock import over disease fears

Al Jazeera 09 Nov 2019
Authorities say suspension follows discovery of foot and mouth disease in northern South Africa close to border ... ....
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Africa set to become energy future: IEA

Suryaa 08 Nov 2019
The report makes clear that Africa's energy future is not predetermined ... But that could be about to change, especially considering the supplies Africa has at its disposal -- it is home to more than 40 per cent of global gas discoveries so far this decade, notably in Egypt, Mozambique and Tanzania....
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