Offered through Schola Humanistica
The interior of Africa was, in the imagination of the Romans, a land that resided somewhere between reality and fantasy, infested with fierce beasts and lethally poisonous reptiles. Here there are lions, here there are dragons, here elephants are born: these expressions, although inaccurately attributed to antiquity, capture perfectly the perspective they had about these desolate regions. In this seminar, we will read the accounts that Sallust and Pliny make about these regions. We will also explore the appearances of Cato and his army in Lucan as they pass through sandstorms and endless deserts inhabited by a peculiar people immune to serpent bites.
Instructor: Paolo Pezzuolo
Target Audience: Teachers, students, and scholars of the Ancient World and Renaissance Humanism.
Language of the Webinar: Latin.
Hours of lessons: 2.