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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Passer-by finds body of man on dirt track in Verulam

Independent online (SA) 23 Nov 2020
According to KZN police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, the 34-year-old victim sustained stab wounds to his chest and body ... Picture. Rusa. “At approximately 6.30am the Reaction Unit South Africa operations centre received a call regarding the discovery ... IOL ....

Giant squid that washed ashore in South Africa is a rare glimpse of a deep-sea creature

Longview News-Journal 22 Nov 2020
But this winter in South Africa (which was summer in the United States), a baby giant squid washed up on a beach northwest of Cape Town ... While tissue samples from the latest discovery are being analyzed, scientists from around the world may gather in South Africa for additional research once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted....

Meet whiz-kids OF WILDLIFE

The Times of India 22 Nov 2020
In recent weeks, one of the best things to have happened to 20-yearold Nanditha Ram was spotting a shikra, also known as Accipiter badius, a of prey from and sub-Saharan Africa, perched right outside her window. For the student of engineering, even more exciting than her discovery ......

Study confirms bones found in Antrim came from dinosaurs

Belfast Telegraph 21 Nov 2020
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, has confirmed that the bones – part of separate discoveries, one in the late 19th century, and the other in the 1980s – are definitely from prehistoric creatures ... South Africa and Antarctica....

Oil & Gas Pumps Market by Type Pump Type, Application and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 -

The Oklahoman 18 Nov 2020
Likewise, the development of pipeline infrastructure in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and the discovery of new reservoirs in the African region are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for the oil & gas pumps market during the forecast period ... New Discoveries in Africa Development of Pipeline Infrastructure in Asia-Pacific & Middle East ... Ltd....

Covid-19 gives medical scheme members a fees reprieve

Independent online (SA) 17 Nov 2020
Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS), South Africa’s biggest scheme by membership, is the only scheme to announce it had instituted a premium freeze, albeit only until the middle of 2021, by which time a Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be available....

A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home

The Berkshire Eagle 14 Nov 2020
The developments will be a boost to campaigners urging the return of artifacts taken from Africa during the colonial era ... returning items to Africa from Western museums ... That doesn’t make sense in Africa; there is no empire or sort of “discovery” of what America is or China is....

3D scanning sheds light on newly discovered 2-million-year-old fossilized skull

Digital Trends 13 Nov 2020
Sometimes it takes the very latest technology to answer some of the oldest questions. This week, researchers announced the discovery of an incredibly rare, 2-million-year-old skull in South Africa that is a cousin species to “Homo erectus,” the famous extinct archaic human from the Pleistocene era ... ....

South Africa: Arrest warrant issued for ANC official

The Independent 11 Nov 2020
African police have issued an arrest warrant on corruption charges of Ace Magashule, one of the highest-ranking officials of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) ... Discovery of two-million-year-old skull in South Africa. South Africa may have ‘developed form of herd immunity against Covid'....

'STUNNING FIND': Giant squid that washed ashore a rare glimpse of a deep-sea creature

Toronto Sun 11 Nov 2020
But over the summer in South Africa (which was experiencing its winter), a baby giant squid washed up on a beach northwest of Cape Town ... While tissue samples from the latest discovery are being analyzed, scientists from around the world may gather in South Africa for additional research once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted....

Total’s second major gas find puts SA on the global energy map

Moneyweb 11 Nov 2020
Government must act fast to reap the benefits of this discovery, which could attract $40bn in investment – Africa Energy Chamber ... ....

Land Rover Discovery gets a facelift, new engines for 2021

Independent online (SA) 10 Nov 2020
Due to reach South Africa during the first half of 2021, the revised Discovery gets a subtle exterior facelift as well as new cabin tech and JLR’s fresh straight-six engines ... The Discovery retains its seven-seat interior layout but Land Rover has redesigned the second row seats with the promise of improved comfort....
photo: Creative Commons / Don Hitchcock
File - the skull of Paranthropus robustus specimen SK 46 discovered at Swartkrans by local quarrymen and Robert Broom in 1949. Picture taken at Vienna Natural History Museum.

Two-million-year-old skull of human 'cousin' unearthed

BBC News 10 Nov 2020
Australian researchers say the discovery of a two-million-year-old skull in South Africa throws more light on human evolution ... It is thought that three hominins (human-like creatures) species lived in South Africa at the same time in competition with each other....

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