Statius and the Thebaid

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Cambridge University Press, 1973 - 357 страница
A critical study of Statius' Thebaid, Dr Vessey combats the common notion that the Thebaid is simply an exercise in anachronism, an episodic narrative of the Theban saga. He shows that the poem can and indeed must be read as an elaborate and sustained allegory of the emotions - a study in the extremes of human behaviour. Within this interpretation those features of the epic which have seemed bizarre or superfluous to many critics fall into place as organic and necessary to the poet's purpose. We can moreover see why Statius enjoyed such esteem and influence among writers like Dante, Chaucer and Spenser. Dr Vessey succeeds in situating Statius in both the ancient and European literary traditions; he argues that his importance in both should be recognised. His study should be valuable for classicists and for medievalists alike.
 

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Preface page
1
The Silvae and Statius
16
The prose prefaces
36
The Thebaid basis and form
55
The seeds of
71
Figures of ira and pietas
92
The pietas of Maeon
107
Argia and Antigone
131
Statius and epic convention
196
The teichoscopy in book
205
Statius and the supernatural 30
230
The katabasis of Amphiaraus
258
Peacemakers and warmongers
270
The death of Tydeus
283
Hippomedon and Parthenopaeus
294
The nocturnal raid
303

The defeat of Adrastus page
134
The embassy of Tydeus
141
The return of Tydeus
148
Argias plea
159
The Argives at Nemea
165
The death of Opheltes
187

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