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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Humans cooked, ate starchy plant tubers 120,000 years ago: Study

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2019
Washington ... The discoveries were made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa’s southern Cape. “This is very exciting ... Farming in Africa only started in the last 10,000 years of human existence. Humans living in South Africa 120,000 years ago formed and lived in small bands ... However, they were somewhat more robust,” said Wurz. Source....

Early humans began eating starch 120,000 years ago

Suryaa 18 May 2019
Farming in Africa only started in the last 10,000 years of human existence. . The research, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, is based on discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa where charred food remains from hearths were found ... South Africa....

Earliest evidence of the cooking and eating of starch

Science Daily 17 May 2019
New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence that anatomically modern humans were roasting and eating plant starches, such as those from tubers and rhizomes, as early as 120,000 years ago. <!-- more --> ... ....

Vitality, Uber in healthy eating drive

Independent online (SA) 15 May 2019
Discovery Vitality is launching HealthyDining, which offers members up to 25% cash back on healthier food options when ordering takeaway meals via the Uber Eats app, and 50% cash back on Vitality kids’ healthy meals ... Uber Eats general manager for South Africa, Ailyssa Pretorius, says....

Special Competition top scorer Diawisie Taylor seeking 'deserved' Ghana Afcon selection

Yahoo Daily News 15 May 2019
Ghana Special Competition leading scorer Diawisie Taylor believes he has done enough time to&nbsp;earn a place in the Black Stars' squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. . The 19-year-old Karela United striker has been the discovery of the novelty league thus ......

Poem of the week: Catch of the Day by Finuala Dowling

The Observer 13 May 2019
My therapist shakes her head. It’s much more complex than that, she says. Even if I begin hesitantly.. – It seems to me, I say –. mimicking her style of hypothesis,. dangling before her some tadpole of my own analysis –. I’m wrong again in this ... Her work, already highly acclaimed in South Africa, has proved a rewarding new discovery for British readers ... ....

Vitality HealthyDining benefit offers members up to 25% cash back through Uber Eats

Independent online (SA) 09 May 2019
With HealthyDining Discovery Vitality will also get 50 percent cash back on Vitality kids’ healthy meals ... Uber Eats general manager for South Africa, Ailyssa Pretorius adds, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Vitality to offer South Africans access to affordable and healthy meals at the press of a button....

‘Sesel i annan Talan –Eksploziv Talan’

Nation 09 May 2019
Winners return satisfied from week of training, discovery in S. Africa. The winners of the ‘Sesel i annan Talan – Eksploziv Talan’ which was held in May last year, returned to Seychelles during the weekend from a week-long training and exchange programme in South Africa....

Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces 2019 First Quarter Results

Omaha World-Herald 09 May 2019
Additionally, in Offshore Africa, successful 2018 drilling contributed to International production increases from Q1/18, partially offset by natural declines ... # In Q1/19, the operator of the South Africa exploration well, where Canadian Natural owns a 20% working interest, announced a discovery of significant gas condensate....

Total to acquire Anadarko’s Africa assets for $8.8bn on Occidental bid

Business Day Online 08 May 2019
French integrated oil and gas company, Total, has reached a binding agreement with Occidental Petroleum to acquire Anadarko’s assets in Africa for $8.8 billion in the event of the successful completion of Occidental’s takeover bid for Anadarko ... In South Africa, Total will acquire exploration licences near the Brulpadda discovery ... ....

Big offshore oil discoveries should lift OTC spirits

Chron 06 May 2019
The French energy major Total recently announced its first deep-water discovery in South Africa, which energy experts predict could trigger a rush of exploration by other countries. Already this year, the pace of discoveries is up 30 percent compared to last year, according to Rystad....

Purple frog, believed to have co-existed with dinosaurs, set to be crowned Kerala’s state amphibian

Indian Express 05 May 2019
Advertising ... But Maveli was granted one wish ... “It’s a unique species that every amphibian expert is aware of ... A year after it was documented, the frog’s closest relatives were found in Seychelles, an island in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. This discovery led many to ask whether the species could indeed be living proof of the theory of Gondwanaland....

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