1628 Rare Latin Book - Silius ITALICUS De secundo Bello Punico - War Against Hannibal - Second Punic War's Poem.
Author: SILIUS ITALICUS.
Title: De Secundo Bello Punico.
Language: Text in Latin.
Publisher: Amsterodami, Ioann Iansonium, 1628.
Size: small 4.5 " X 2.5 ".
Pages: 279 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good full calf leather binding (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed and worn - as shown) under a protective mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light staining or foxing - as shown).
Illustration: Complete with the nice illustrated title page.
Estimate : (USD 200 - USD 300)
The book: A rare early 17th-century edition of Italicus' Poem. The Punica is a Latin epic poem in seventeen books in dactylic hexameter written by Silius Italicus (c. 28 – c. 103 AD) comprising some twelve thousand lines (12,202, to be exact if one includes a probably spurious passage in book 8). It is the longest surviving Latin poem from antiquity. Its theme is the Second Punic War and the conflict between the two great generals Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. The poem was re-discovered in either 1416 or 1417 by the Italian humanist and scholar Poggio Bracciolini.
The author: Silius Italicus, in full Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus (c. 28 – c. 103 AD), was a Roman consul, orator, and Latin epic poet of the 1st century AD (Silver Age of Latin literature). His only surviving work is the 17-book Punica, an epic poem about the Second Punic War or War Against Hannibal and the longest surviving poem in Latin at over 12,000 lines.
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