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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A nationwide training programme to equip more than 10,000 personnel in the health sector to combat malaria has began.

Graphic 18 Jun 2019
Ebenezer Addam, underscored the need for the collaboration to implement the programme, since malaria "is one of the most dangerous diseases in sub-Saharan Africa... is becoming aware that larviciding is one of the best approaches to reduce mosquito breeding, especially in Africa"....
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IBM Quantum computer program to open in UNILAG, 15 other African universities

Business Day Online 14 Jun 2019
Part of benefits of hosting the program is that the schools could leverage Q to bring research and development advances in areas such as drug discovery based on Africa’s genetic diversity that could lead to new treatments for diseases like HIV or tuberculosis. The nine Africa ......
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Peace FM Online 13 Jun 2019
Ebenezer Addae underscored the need for the collaboration to implement the programme since malaria is one of the most dangerous diseases in the Sub-Saharan Africa that is taking so many lives on daily basis ... if the best approaches to reduce mosquito breeding especially in Africa....
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IBM brings its Quantum computer program to 16 African universities

Crunch 12 Jun 2019
IBM believes Q could yield research and development advances in areas such as drug discovery based on Africa’s genetic diversity that could lead to new treatments for diseases like HIV or TB ... Assefa sees other potential research and use-case for Q Africa in financial sectors, mining, and natural resources management....
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Odin, beloved Six Flags Discovery Kingdom white Bengal tiger, dies

East Bay Times 12 Jun 2019
Odin, the beloved and popular 17-year-old white Bengal tiger at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, has died, park officials confirmed ... Born at Discovery Kingdom when it was then known as Marine World Africa USA in 2001, Odin became internationally known after a British photographer came took photos of Odin at the park....
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Amit Shah chairs top-level meeting, underlines his new role in government

The Times of India 05 Jun 2019
The discussions on Mozambique come in the wake of India’s bid to diversify its energy options and keep an eye on China’s footprint in Africa ... Area-1 represents one of the largest natural gas discoveries in offshore East Africa and has the potential to become one of the world’s largest LNG producing hubs....
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Event to oil SA’s way towards global investments

Independent online (SA) 03 Jun 2019
The dti ministry said the sub-Saharan Africa region was rapidly transforming into a natural gas jurisdiction, given major recent natural gas discoveries in the region. The exhibition comes as part of a wider focus on South Africa this year, with a full-day programme dedicated to it in the National Showcase Theatre on November 5....
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Q1 2019 Global Oil and Gas Discoveries Review - Norway Leads with Highest Number of Discoveries in the Quarter - ResearchAndMarkets.com

The Oklahoman 31 May 2019
The "Q1 2019 Global Oil and Gas Discoveries Review - Norway Leads with Highest Number of Discoveries in the Quarter" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering ... Of these, 11 each are conventional oil and conventional gas discoveries ... Regionally, Europe leads with eight discoveries, followed by Africa with four discoveries....
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Fate of last slave ship to be determined, after wreckage found in Alabama river

CBC 31 May 2019
Experts are set on to release details on the discovery of the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States ... ....
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The Latest: Clotilda event celebrates science, renews hope

The Oklahoman 30 May 2019
People are gathering at a small community center in Mobile, Alabama, to learn more about the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States ... Experts are set to release details on the discovery of the last ......
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The Latest: Gathering to commemorate slave ship discovery

Times Union 30 May 2019
People are gathering at a small community center in Mobile, Alabama, to learn more about the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States ... Experts are set to release details on the discovery of the last ......
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In Alabama, commemoration set for ‘last slave ship’

The Seattle Times 30 May 2019
(AP) — An archaeological report will be released Thursday on the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States. The event in the Africatown community of Mobile also will include a community celebration and commemoration event marking the discovery of […] ... ....
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In Alabama, commemoration set for 'last slave ship'

Star Tribune 30 May 2019
An archaeological report will be released Thursday on the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States ... ....
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