Silius Italicus (Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus), Punica
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A. Life and work

Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus (c. AD 26–c. 102) pursued a political career at first and was consul under Nero in AD 68. He later withdrew to his estates in Campania and devoted himself to his interests in writing. His epic in 17 books, the Punica (= P.), on the Second Punic War (218–202 BC) between Rome and Carthage, appeared during the time of the Flavian emperors, to whom homage is paid within the poem (Sil. Pun. 3,593–629). S. himself put an end to a life dogged by illness by fasting to death.

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Schaffenrath, Florian, “Silius Italicus (Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus), Punica”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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