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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Oldest bone tools for clothmaking found in Morocco

Ghana Web 24 Sep 2021
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Oldest bone tools for clothes-making found in Morocco

Manila Bulletin 24 Sep 2021
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South Africa discontent over its inclusion in Britain's coronavirus 'red list'

Ghana Web 24 Sep 2021
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Nigerian businesses can now accept Apple Pay on Paystack

Business Ghana 24 Sep 2021
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Ancient clothesmaking tools made of bone unearthed in Morocco

The News International 23 Sep 2021
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Urdu Point 23 Sep 2021
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‘Pakistan can benefit from Portuguese experience’

The News International 20 Sep 2021
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Accor expands luxury footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa with Fairmont in Djibouti

Business Ghana 20 Sep 2021
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Bees massacre dozens of rare penguins on Boulders Beach

The Times/The Sunday Times 20 Sep 2021
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The Times/The Sunday Times 19 Sep 2021
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Reporter faces jail over Niger drugs bust scoop

The Times/The Sunday Times 19 Sep 2021
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