The Iohannis, Or, de Bellis Libycis

This is a translation of Flavius Cresconius Corippus epic work Iohannis or De Bellis Libycis It provides historical information about the reign of Justinian, about the wars of reconquest this emperor waged, and about the native Berber tribes of North Africa.
The Iohannis Or de Bellis Libycis This is a translation of Flavius Cresconius Corippus epic work Iohannis or De Bellis Libycis It provides historical information about the reign of Justinian about the wars of reconquest this emperor

  • Title: The Iohannis, Or, de Bellis Libycis
  • Author: Flavius Cresconius Corippus George W. Shea
  • ISBN: 9780773482425
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Running Notes:04/11/17The "praefatio" is a curious development in Late Antique literature, but I am far too inexperienced in these post-Flavian centuries to suss the source, the germ. Claudian uses prefaces some 150 years prior to Corippus. In an epic context, one might think a preface ideal territory to lay out all the beautiful baggage of the genre -- subject, imperial dedicatee, the attendant Muse; thus, come Book One, the poet can dive headlong into the narrative. Not quite. Corippus utilize [...]

    2. Very interesting commentary regarding central north Africa in the post roman, pre islamic period. I Went through it in great detail but it offers more questions than answers.The worship of a Neo kemetic/Neo Punic/Berber/Garamantean god "Gurzil" is particularly fascinating. He appears to be at once a worshiped deity and some kind of physical weapon. It seems that "Gurzil" was brought into battles and deployed against the enemies of his people.Perhaps he was a semi mobile shrine like the one dedic [...]

    3. As I have yet to look at the Latin I have no idea if this verse-to-prose translation is any good, but it was certainly a good read! I flew through this because it's very much an ancillary text to my thesis work, but as a whole it was shockingly enjoyable and the prose is very vivid. The introduction is decent, but the bibliography and notes are very limited, unfortunately.

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