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De l'oasis de Siwa aux consultationibus de republica cum Ioue

Abstract : This paper aims to examine the religious behaviour of Scipio Africanus, particularly during the Second Punic War. This behaviour proves to be transgressive on several occasions, notably in the context of legends about Scipio’s origines, the talks he has with Jupiter, the withdrawal of the whaters of Cartagena lagoon or the proskynesis he receives. Although they seem to be largely inspired by those of Alexander the Great, Scipio’s transgressions are skilfully masked, not only by himself but also by a major part of Latin tradition. This even though they had been brought to light by Polybius when he exhumed the African’s letter to Philip V, which showed that Scipio had simulated his relationship with the divine. A simulated relationship and therefore a lie, but nevertheless a noble lie, useful to the city.
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François Santoni. De l'oasis de Siwa aux consultationibus de republica cum Ioue. Transgresser pour mieux régner : ombres et lumières du pouvoir dans l'Antiquité, Nov 2020, Lyon, France. ⟨hal-03281046⟩



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