Quand l'émotion poético-musicale devient arme de guerre : l'amollissement d'Hannibal dans les "Punica" de Silius Italicus

  • If the poet's song is a 'topos' of Greek and Roman epic literature, the poet Silius Italicus renews it by describing the emotional reaction of his audience in depth and by placing it in a transitional moment of his narrative dedicated to the second Punic war. Tradition from antique historiography relates that Hannibal and his men became "soft" in Capua where feasting, pleasure, inebriation and indolence were common. Yet, Silius Italicus blames Teuthras' two songs for this weakening. This article examines Teuthras' second performance which hides beneath its soft melody a further meaning unintelligible to the audience who cannot escape their emotion. The aim is to reveal how poetical and musical emotion - 'admiratio' - and the weakening of the Carthaginians are structured in term of diegetic, and in the sub- and meta-discourse of Teuthras' second song.

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Author:Didier Follin
Parent Title (Latin):Musik und Emotionen in der Literatur = Musique et émotions dans la littérature = Music and Emotions in Literature / herausgegeben von Corinne Fournier Kiss. Colloquium Helveticum 48
Place of publication:Bielefeld
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/03/26
GND Keyword:Silius Italicus, Tiberius Catius Asconius; Punica; Lyrik <Motiv>
Page Number:8
First Page:256
Last Page:263
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
8 Literatur / 87 Lateinische, italische Literaturen / 870 Italische Literaturen; Lateinische Literatur
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Aisthesis Verlag
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Colloquium Helveticum / Musik und Emotionen in der Literatur = Musique et émotions dans la littérature = Music and Emotions in Literature (Colloquium Helveticum ; 48.2019)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen