Statius Thebaid 8

In this volume, Augoustakis presents the first full-length edition of Roman poet Statius' Thebaid 8, with text and apparatus criticus, an English translation, a detailed introduction, and an accompanying commentary which explores questions ...

Statius  Thebaid 8

Statius Thebaid 8

Composed at the end of the first century CE, Statius' Thebaid recounts the civil war in Thebes between the two sons of Oedipus, Polynices and Eteocles, and the horrific events that take place on the battlefield. Its author, the Roman poet Statius, employed a wide variety of Greco-Roman sources in order to narrate the Argive expedition against Thebes and the fratricidal war. Book 8 opens with the descent of the Argive seer Amphiaraus to the Underworld through a chasm of the earth; the soldiers mourn their seer's loss and elect a successor, Thiodamas, who placates Earth (Tellus) through a prayer, before the opening of the second day of hostilities. The book reaches its climax when fierce Tydeus is mortally wounded and dies having committed an act of cannibalism by eating his opponent's brains; Minerva leaves the battlefield in disgust, taking away from her protege the intended gift of immortality. In this volume, Augoustakis presents the first full-length edition of Thebaid 8, with text and apparatus criticus, and an English translation. A detailed introduction discusses the Argive/Theban myth in the Greek and Roman literary tradition and art, as well as the reception of the book in subsequent centuries, especially in Dante's Divine Comedy. The accompanying commentary provides useful notes which explore questions of interpretation and Statius' language and literary craft, with particular emphasis on the exploitation of various Greek and Latin intertexts in Statius' poetry.

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Statius: Thebaid, books 1-7
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: Publius Papinius Statius
Categories: Epic poetry, Latin
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher:

Books about Statius: Thebaid, books 1-7
Statius Thebaid VII
Language: en
Pages: 462
Authors: Johannes Jacobus Louis Smolenaars
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: BRILL

This commentary examines in close detail Statius' mannered style and analyses the text as a system of intertextual references. Passages from Homer to Valerius Flaccus were exploited by Statius for his challenging adaptations of 'typical' scenes. The identification of these sources offers the key to interpret the poet's artistic intentions.
Speech and Rhetoric in Statius' Thebaid
Language: en
Pages: 377
Authors: William J. Dominik
Categories: Epic poetry, Latin
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher:

Books about Speech and Rhetoric in Statius' Thebaid
The Works of Edmund Spenser: The Faerie qveene, book 1; F.M. Padelford, special editor
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Edmund Spenser
Categories: Epic poetry, Latin
Type: BOOK - Published: 1932 - Publisher:

Books about The Works of Edmund Spenser: The Faerie qveene, book 1; F.M. Padelford, special editor
Statius and Epic Games
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Helen Lovatt
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-04-21 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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