Statius, Thebaid 2

Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Author: Kyle Gervais

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198744702

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 416

View: 3281

Composed towards the end of the first century CE, Statius' Thebaid relates the myth of the -Seven against Thebes-: the assault of the seven champions of Argos on the ancient city in a bid to oust Eteocles, son of Oedipus, from his throne in favour of his brother, Polynices. Book 2 presents several key events in the build-up to the Theban war: Eteocles' haunting by the ghost of his grandfather Laius, the ill-omened weddings of Polynices and his ally Tydeus to the princesses of Argos, and Tydeus' failed embassy to Eteocles, leading to his famed victory over a Theban ambush. This volume represents the first full-length scholarly commentary in English on Book 2 of the twelve-book Latin epic, greatly expanding on and updating Mulder's Latin language commentary published in 1954 by Groningen. An extensive introduction covers the poem's historical, textual, and literary contexts, with particular attention to Statius' adaptation of prior literary tradition and especially the epics of Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, and Silius Italicus. The Latin text, accompanied by a clear translation and apparatus criticus, is newly edited to take advantage of the recent detailed editorial work on the poem by Hall, Ritchie, and Edwards and is supplemented by a comprehensive and incisive line-by-line commentary which addresses a range of textual, linguistic, and literary topics. The result is a keenly focused yet accessible critical edition that will be of interest both to specialist scholars of Latin poetry and to advanced graduate students studying Flavian epic.

Brill's Companion to Statius

Author: William J. Dominik,Carole E. Newlands,Kyle Gervais

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004284702

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 724

View: 3060

In Brill’s Companion to Statius, thirty-four newly commissioned chapters from internationally recognized experts provide a comprehensive overview of various approaches to arguably the most important poet of the Flavian period in Rome.

Statius, Thebaid 4

Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Author: Ruth Parkes

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199695256

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 4851

Thebaid is a Latin epic, composed by Statius in AD 80-92, about the mythological story of the expedition of the seven warriors against Thebes. In this volume Parkes offers the first full-length scholarly commentary on the whole of Thebaid 4, with text and apparatus criticus, an English translation, and a comprehensive introduction.

Greek Theatre between Antiquity and Independence

A History of Reinvention from the Third Century BC to 1830

Author: Walter Puchner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108210260

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 8943

This first general history of Greek theatre from Hellenistic times to the foundation of the Modern Greek state in 1830 marks a radical departure from traditional methods of historiography. We like to think of history unfolding continuously, in an evolutionary form, but the story of Greek theatre is rather different. After traditional theatre ended in the sixth and seventh centuries, no traditional drama was written or performed on stage throughout the Greek-speaking world for centuries due to the Orthodox Church's hostile attitude toward spectacles. With the reinvention of theatre in Renaissance Italy, however, Greek theatre was revived in Crete under Venetian rule in the late sixteenth century. The following centuries saw the restoration of Greek theatre at various locations, albeit characterized by numerous ruptures and discontinuities in terms of geography, stylistics, thematic approaches and ideologies. These diverse developments were only 'normalized' with the establishment of the Greek nation state.

The Thebaid

Seven against Thebes

Author: Publius Papinius Statius

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421402777

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

View: 3772

A classical epic of fratricide and war, the Thebaid retells the legendary conflict between the sons of Oedipus—Polynices and Eteocles—for control of the city of Thebes. The Latin poet Statius reworks a familiar story from Greek myth, dramatized long before by Aeschylus in his tragedy Seven against Thebes. Statius chose his subject well: the Rome of his day, ruled by the emperor Domitian, was not too distant from the civil wars that had threatened the survival of the empire. Published in 92 A.D., the Thebaid was an immediate success, and its fame grew in succeeding centuries. It reached its peak of popularity in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, influencing Dante, Chaucer, and perhaps Shakespeare. In recent times, however, it has received perhaps less attention than it deserves, in large part because there has been no accessible, dynamic translation of the work into English. Charles Stanley Ross offers a compelling version of the Thebaid rendered into forceful, modern English. Casting Statius's Latin hexameter into a lively iambic pentameter more natural to the modern ear, Ross frees the work from the archaic formality that has marred previous translations. His translation reinvigorates the Thebaid as a whole: its meditative first half and its violent second half; its intimate portrayal of defeat and retribution, and the need to seek justice at any cost. In a wide-ranging introduction, Ross provides an overview of the poem: its composition, reception and legacy; its major themes and literary influences; and its place in Statius' life. And in a helpful series of notes, he offers background information on the major characters and incidents. -- Paolo Asso

The Fragility of Power

Statius, Domitian and the Politics of the Thebaid

Author: Stefano Rebeggiani

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190882921

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

View: 4511

Statius' narrative of the fraternal strife of the Theban brothers Eteocles and Polynices has had a profound influence on Western literature and fascinated generations of scholars and readers. This book studies in detail the poem's view of power and its interaction with historical contexts. Written under Domitian and in the aftermath of the civil war of 69 CE, the Thebaid uses the veil of myth to reflect on the political reality of imperial Rome. The poem offers its contemporary readers, including the emperor, a cautionary tale of kingship and power. Rooted in a pessimistic view of human beings and human relationships, the Thebaid reflects on the harsh necessity of monarchical power as the only antidote to a world always on the verge of returning to chaos. While humans, and especially kings, are fragile and often the prey of irrational passions, the Thebaid expresses the hope that an illuminated sovereign endowed with clementia (mercy) may offer a solution to the political crisis of the Roman empire. Statius' narrative also responds to Domitian's problematic interaction with the emperor Nero, whom Domitian regarded as both a negative model and a secret source of inspiration. With The Fragility of Power, Stefano Rebeggiani offers thoughtful parallels between the actions of the Thebaid and the intellectual activities and political views formulated by the groups of Roman aristocrats who survived Nero's repression. He argues that the poem draws inspiration from an initial phase in Domitian's regime characterized by a positive relationship between the emperor and the Roman elite. Statius creates a number of innovative strategies to negotiate elements of continuity between Domitian and Nero, so as to show that, while Domitian recuperated aspects of Nero's self-presentation, he was no second Nero. Statius' poem interacts with aspects of imperial ideology under Domitian: Statius' allusions to the stories of Phaethon and Hercules engage Domitian's use of solar symbols and his association with Hercules. This book also shows that the Thebaid adapts previous texts (in particular Lucan's Bellum Civile) in order to connect the mythical subject of its narrative with the historical experience of civil war in Rome in 69 CE. By moving past recent solely aesthetic readings of the Thebaid, The Fragility of Power offers a serious and thoughtful addition to the recent scholarship in Statian studies.


Author: Ovid

Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1787240185

Category: Philosophy

Page: 624

View: 2438

The Metamorphoses consists of fifteen books and over 250 myths. The poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.

Statius Thebaid VII

A Commentary

Author: Johannes Jacobus Louis Smolenaars

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004100299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 462

View: 1175

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.

L. Annaeus Seneca Troades

Introduction, Text, and Commentary

Author: Atze J. Keulen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004120044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 573

View: 9349

New extensive philological commentary on Seneca s play "Troades." Meaning, history and usage of Seneca s vocabulary are thoroughly discussed. The commentary addresses composition and word order, and discusses textual, metrical and grammatical difficulties. With extensive bibliography and three indices.

Family in Flavian Epic

Author: Nikoletta Manioti

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004324666

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

View: 7899

Family in Flavian Epic offers an exploration of family bonds depicted in the epics of Valerius Flaccus, Statius and Silius Italicus, and examines their links to the epic tradition and Flavian Rome.

Statius and Epic Games

Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid

Author: Helen Lovatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521847421

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 2675

Offers a new reading of Statius' Thebaid through an examination of the games in Book 6.


Book II

Author: Publius Papinius Statius,Carole E. Newlands

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521661870

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 8238

Introduction and commentary designed for advanced students, showing the text's importance for understanding Roman imperial culture.

Hesiod and Classical Greek Poetry

Reception and Transformation in the Fifth Century BCE

Author: Zoe Stamatopoulou

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107162998

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 311

Surveys the complex landscape of Hesiodic reception in lyric poetry and drama in the fifth century BCE.

Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Author: Antony Augoustakis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199644098

Category: History

Page: 406

View: 2416

This edited collection addresses the role of ritual representations and religion in the epic poems of the Flavian period (69-96 CE). Drawing on various modern studies on religion and ritual, and the relationship between literature and religion in the Greco-Roman world, it explores how we can interpret the poets' use of the relationship between gods and humans, cults and rituals, and religious activities.Divided into three major sections, thevolume includes essays on the most important religious activities and the relationship between religion and political power under the Flavian emperors. It also addresses specific episodes in Flavianepic which focus on religious activities associated with the dead and the Underworld, such as purification, necromancy, katabasis, suicide, and burial. It finally explores the role of gender in ritual and religion.

Roman Readings

Roman Response to Greek Literature from Plautus to Statius and Quintilian

Author: Elaine Fantham

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110229331

Category: History

Page: 634

View: 4699

This volume presents closely connected articles by Elaine Fantham which deal with Roman responses to Greek literature on three major subjects: the history and criticism of Latin poetry and rhetoric, women in Roman life and dramatic poetry and the poetic representation of children in relation to their mothers and teachers. The volume discusses among others texts by Plautus, Terence, Cicero, Quintilian, Gellius and Ovid.

Epic Visions

Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and Its Reception

Author: Helen Lovatt,Caroline Vout

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110703938X

Category: History

Page: 327

View: 7631

A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary collection exploring different ways of visualising Greek and Roman epic in both ancient and modern culture.

Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past

Author: Antonios Augoustakis

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004266496

Category: History

Page: 476

View: 2770

Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past examines the intimate literary affiliation between the Flavian poets (Martial, Silius Italicus, Statius, and Valerius Flaccus) and their Greek literary predecessors, as well as its meaning within the socio-cultural context of the Flavian age.