essay analyzes, in its entirety, the figure of Hannibal in Silius Italicus,
looking at thematic, stylistic, and lexical aspects. At the very beginning, specific focus is given
on Hannibal in Livy, while later there is a focus on an original aspect, not
studied by Scholarship yet, which is the role of sleeplessness and dreams in
the character’s building. Secondary
Literature is provided.