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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources

Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources

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(p.84) (p.85) 5 Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources
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Petrarch in Britain
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Francesca Galligan

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0006

This chapter examines the classical and medieval sources of Petrarch in writing his epic poem Africa. It brings to the fore the role of Dante's epic in Petrarch's poem and suggests that the prominence of poet characters such as Ennius and Homer, and the link between poet and hero parallel the role of poet characters such as Virgil and Statius in the Divina Commedia. It also provides evidence that Africa was influenced by Virgil's work.

Keywords:   Petrarch, Africa, Dante, epic poem, Ennius, Homer, Divina Commedia, Virgil

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