La maniera classicistica di Silio.
Tre esempi dal libro VII
The thematic structure of Silius Italicus' Punica immediately conjures up in the mind of the reader book nine of the Aeneid, which is Silius’ main hypotext. However, Silius 'contaminates' his hypotext with further echoes, redirecting his reader either to other books of the Aeneid or to different authors such as Ovid and Lucan. Fernandelli defines this technique of blending in the same passage various allusions to different parts of the Aeneid as a form of selective memory which recalls the narrative strategy operated by Ovid in his re-reading of Vergil. Silius challenges the reader's memory to recognize the trace of the hypotext in what undeniably constitutes a literary tour de force. In Silius, the echoes are 'fragmented': he breaks up a single literary allusion into small linguistic units and scatters them in different parts of the text which have in common similar scenes.