In Silius Italicus' Punica, the three books dedicated to the defeat of Cannae are structurally central.. Departing from the character of Virgil Drance, the work aims to show how the figure of Varro is particularly complex in that it shows in his articulation the signals of demagogy. Varro, in his irresponsible inclination to win popular favor, is the heir of Flaminius and is opposed to prudence of his colleague Aemilius Paulus; his aggressive eloquence recalls that of Cicero (in is contention with Pompey) inside Lucan's book VII. Varro, therefore, is a sort of domestic enemy for the Romans, and, paradoxically, the best ally of Hannibal.

Fons cuncti Varro mali. The demagogue varro in Punica 8-10

ARIEMMA, Enrico Maria
2009

Abstract

In Silius Italicus' Punica, the three books dedicated to the defeat of Cannae are structurally central.. Departing from the character of Virgil Drance, the work aims to show how the figure of Varro is particularly complex in that it shows in his articulation the signals of demagogy. Varro, in his irresponsible inclination to win popular favor, is the heir of Flaminius and is opposed to prudence of his colleague Aemilius Paulus; his aggressive eloquence recalls that of Cicero (in is contention with Pompey) inside Lucan's book VII. Varro, therefore, is a sort of domestic enemy for the Romans, and, paradoxically, the best ally of Hannibal.
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