Statius and the Thebaid

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Cambridge University Press, 24.06.2010. - 368 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
15
The locks of Earinus
28
The Thebaid in the Silvae
41
The Thebaid basis and form
55
The seeds of
71
Figures of ira and pietas 92 III Figures of ira and pietas
92
The pietas of Maeon
107
The final defeat
161
The death of Opheltes
187
The teichoscopy in book
205
Statius and the supernatural
230
The katabasis of Amphiaraus
258
The death of Tydeus
283
Hippomedon and Parthenopaeus 294 Hippomedon and Parthenopaeus
303
The structure of the Thebaid
317

Argia and Antigone
131
The defeat of Adrastus page
134
The return of Tydeus
148

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