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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Does SA have skeletons in the closet over the death of UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld?

Independent online (SA) 12 Feb 2020
Democratic South Africa has skeletons in the closet that it needs to address ... His engagement in the decolonisation of Africa provoked dismay among the white minority settler regimes ... But, states such as South Africa, the US and the UK, where most discoveries could be expected, did not comply. A challenge to South Africa....
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First example of fossilised plant gum found by PhD student

Belfast Telegraph 25 Feb 2020
This discovery is extremely exciting, especially when put into the context of these two continents of Africa and South America being one during the Cretaceous periodProfessor David Martill, University of Portsmouth ... “This discovery is extremely exciting, especially when put into ......
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Ancient humans lived through a massive volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago

Henry Herald 25 Feb 2020
Stone tools found at the site are also similar to those associated with Middle Stone Age humans in Africa and even Australia, suggesting that they were all forged by migrating Homo sapiens. The discovery of the tools also suggests that Homo sapiens were living in Asia earlier than expected....
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'Naked and Afraid': Baton Rouge brothers take on African savanna

The Advocate 22 Feb 2020
That's what Baton Rouge brothers Warren and Thomas Virgets faced when they took on the 21-day challenge of Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid." ... They agree that growing up in the country and enjoying outdoor hobbies helped them tackle South Africa's Selati Basin ... I almost didn't want to leave Africa when it was finished ... Discovery....
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How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists

Stars and Stripes 22 Feb 2020
Now, citizen scientists from South Africa to Japan are helping ... Since last year's discovery in California, nearly 50 people worldwide – from the U.S., South Africa, Chile, Japan, the Philippines and across Europe – have contacted Nyegaard about potential hoodwinker sightings....
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Hobson's Choice: Dance and drama to entertain and educate

Canada Dot Com 20 Feb 2020
The Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre is presenting ... When she is sent to study at a university in Canada, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that challenges everything from her identity as an obedient African girl to the cultural boundaries of Africa itself.”....
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Why Nigerian manufacturers should worry about Coronavirus

Business Day Online 20 Feb 2020
From a collapse in crude oil price, declining stock markets, down to slower global demand, the economic and human cost of the coronavirus outbreak are climbing across China and beyond, which could impact Africa’s biggest economy. Since the discovery of oil in large quantities ......
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What’s on TV Wednesday, Feb. 19: ‘Stumptown’ on ABC

The Los Angeles Times 19 Feb 2020
SERIES. The Goldbergs Pops (George Segal) wants to help his grandson, Adam (Sean Giambrone), prepare for a big party at a friend’s house ... 8 p.m. ABC ... 8 p.m. KOCE. Expedition Unknown Josh Gates travels to Africa to investigate the mystery of humanity’s origins. 8 p.m. Discovery ... Then, in the finale, the team makes a startling discovery about its quarry ... CBS ... ....
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DNA study finds proof of ‘ghost ancestors’

The Times of India 15 Feb 2020
Instead, the researchers found pieces of their DNA in the genomes of living people from West Africa ... Their discovery may shed light on human genetic diversity in Africa, which has been hard to chart until now because the fossil record is sparse ... As that occurred, modern humans evolved in Africa....
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Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species: study

Alternet 14 Feb 2020
One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species ... The interbreeding outside Africa happened after our Homo sapiens ancestors expanded out of Africa into new environments....
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Africa: Early Humans 'May Have Interbred With a Mysterious, Extinct Species'

All Africa 13 Feb 2020
One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species .......
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Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species – new research

The Conversation 12 Feb 2020
wikipedia , CC BY-SA One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species ... This led to new discoveries ... What was happening inside Africa?....
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