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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BREC's critics, supporters cheer plans for Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Park

The Advocate 18 Aug 2019
"The zoo has had a rough time ... "You will be moved by what you see ... 2018 ... Planners said the zoo's themed exhibits — Africa, Asia, South America and Atchafalaya Swamp — will feel more like an experience by grouping various animals together as they are in the wild ... Africa; Completed by 2027Phase 3 ... Discovery (Kids area); Completed by 2035Phase 5 ... Sign up ... ....

Israeli films to play at Toronto, Venice film festivals

The Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2019
In the Discovery section, for emerging filmmakers, Oren Gerner’s Africa will compete. It tells the story of his father and how he copes with age and illness ... ....

AlphaCode awards R16 million to 8 fintech startups through startup programme

Independent online (SA) 17 Aug 2019
The intention behind AlphaCode’s Explore, Incubate and Accelerate programmes is for RMI to discover the next OUTsurance or Discovery; we want to identify, partner and grow the future of financial services in South Africa....

These are the 10 best villains DC comics has ever conceived

The Daily Dot 17 Aug 2019
Having lived for more than 600 years before ever becoming a thorn in Batman’s side, Ra’s lived in a desert in North Africa for years where he eventually became a physician. His discovery of the Lazarus Pit became a necessary part of his character, particularly as he gained his extraordinarily long life from it....

Congo’s oil discovery opens new horizon for indigenous players

Business Day Online 16 Aug 2019
The Republic of Congo is again in the news but this time, it is not about civil unrest but some significant oil and gas discovery and substantial government effort to promote the participation of Congolese companies in the industry ... The Oyo discovery in Congo is the result of indigenous efforts made by Congolese companies....

Tullow shares rise sharply as Guyana oil field "exceeds" hopes

Irish Independent 13 Aug 2019
The discovery is especially important for Tullow as both of its East Africa projects are facing delays, according to Will Hares, senior industry analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence ... Tullow will now evaluate the data from the Jethro discovery and determine appropriate appraisal activity....

YouTube is helping African music acts go global, here's how

CNN 13 Aug 2019
The cover made it into the Instagram direct messages of one of Africa's most successful artists, Oluwatosin Ajibade aka Mr Eazi ... The idea for emPawa was motivated by the need to give back to Africa's music industry says Mr Eazi ... In 2018, he called for online demo music submissions from artists across Africa using the hashtag #empawa100....

'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

The Hollywood Reporter 13 Aug 2019
Sarandon plays a terminally ill woman who wants to put an end to her suffering, but the discovery by her daughters (Winslet and Waskikowski) of family secrets complicates the situation. South Africa-born filmmaker Michell's previous works include Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, ......

A cure for Ebola on the horizon

Gulf News 13 Aug 2019
Washington ... Since its discovery 40 years ago, the virus has haunted Africa ... By contrast, 33 per cent of those who received the antiviral drug made by Gilead, died, as did 24 per cent of those who got ZMapp, an older monoclonal antibody cocktail that was tested briefly during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 ... “I’m a little sentimental ... ....

Tullow shares jump 19% following Guyana find

The Irish Times 12 Aug 2019
Shares in Tullow Oil jumped more than 19 per cent after the company said it had made a “substantial and high value oil discovery” off the coast of Guyana ... Tullow said that the discovery “significantly de-risks” other tertiary age prospects on the Orinduik licence, with drilling commencing later this month on other areas....

A women’s league will not solve all Banyana’s problems

Mail Guardian South Africa 12 Aug 2019
Coach Desiree Ellis and the South Africa Football Association blamed the lack of a professional women’s league for Banyana crashing out in the group stage after scoring just one goal in France ... Ideally, Banyana should be Africa’s leading women’s football team but they seem to still be a work in progress....

Want to buy the Shell share price? Here’s what I’d do now

The Motley Fool 12 Aug 2019
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500 years ago, Europeans set off to explore the world

The News International 10 Aug 2019
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