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Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic

Antony Augoustakis

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199584413
eISBN:
9780191723117
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

While interest in the poets of the Flavian period has been steadily growing, the role of women in the epic poems of Silius Italicus and Statius has so far remained understudied. This book offers the ... More


Mourning Endless: Female Otherness in Statius' Thebaid

Antony Augoustakis

in Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199584413
eISBN:
9780191723117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses several female figures from Statius' Thebaid, a poem on the civil war between the two brothers Eteocles and Polynices. Hypsipyle is portrayed as an exiled foreigner, a ... More


Epilogue: Virgins and (M)others: Appropriations of Same and Other in Flavian Rome

Antony Augoustakis

in Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199584413
eISBN:
9780191723117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the epilogues of the Thebaid and Punica and their relationship with the figure of the emperor Domitian 81–96ce). Through an examination of representations of motherhood and ... More


Ovid and the Epic Tradition: The Post‐Augustans

Micaela Janan

in Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199556922
eISBN:
9780191721021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556922.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Ovid's epic response to Vergil gives body to what the Aeneid already shadows forth: the intractable paradoxes undermining epic dreams of a harmonious, organically united polity. But the intertextual ... More


The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic

Neil Coffee

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226111872
eISBN:
9780226111902
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226111902.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Latin epics such as Virgil's Aeneid, Lucan's Civil War, and Statius' Thebaid addressed Roman aristocrats whose dealings in gifts, favors, and payments defined their conceptions of social order. This ... More


Statius and the Sublimity of Capaneus

Matthew Leigh

in Epic Interactions: Perspectives on Homer, Virgil, and the Epic Tradition Presented to Jasper Griffin by Former Pupils

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199276301
eISBN:
9780191706011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276301.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the implications of a poet's identification with his hero. The poet is Statius and the hero Capaneus, whose aristeia and death take up much of the tenth book of the Thebaid. At ... More


The Fragility of Power: Statius, Domitian and the Politics of the Thebaid

Stefano Rebeggiani

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190251819
eISBN:
9780190251833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190251819.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

A new reading of Statius’ main poem and its relationship with the cultural and political life at Rome under Domitian is given. This book studies in detail the poem’s view of power and its interaction ... More


Egypt

Getzel M. Cohen

in The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520241480
eISBN:
9780520931022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520241480.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

This chapter summarizes the settlements in Euergetis, Kleopatra, Paraitonion, Philometoris, and Ptolemais in the Thebaid. Paraitonion was one of only two good harbors on the Egyptian coast; the other ... More


Introduction

in The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226111872
eISBN:
9780226111902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226111902.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book presents an argument that Vergil's Aeneid, Lucan's Civil War, and Statius' Thebaid represent complex and distinctive responses to the socioeconomic mores of each poet's day. The distinction ... More


Exchange Eclipsed

in The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226111872
eISBN:
9780226111902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226111902.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the novel socioeconomic perspective of the Thebaid in relation to Statius's life circumstances, and also investigates how destructive consumption becomes the central economic ... More


Eteocles, Polynices, and Creon

in The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226111872
eISBN:
9780226111902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226111902.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter describes the three major characters in Thebaid—Eteocles, Polynices, and Creon—the first two of whom are primarily concerned with securing a power they do not yet possess. They differ ... More


Parthenopaeus and mors immatura in Statius’ Thebaid

J. Mira Seo

in Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199734283
eISBN:
9780199344963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

“Parthenopaeus and mors immatura in Statius’ Thebaid.” This chapter explores the construction of a super-trope and its narrative implications. The pederastic poetics of Ovid’s Orpheus are ... More


Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates

J. Mira Seo

in Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199734283
eISBN:
9780199344963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

“Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates.” Amphiaraus as prophet embodies the mythological and literary tradition: his self-consciousness about his own destiny seems to represent a metapoetic ... More


Argive Augury and Portents in the Thebaid

Anne Tuttle

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the thematic significance of omens and portents in Statius’ Thebaid. It also provides an overview of and considers its intertextual relationship with other Latin epics with ... More


‘Consider in the Image of Thebes’: Celestial and Poetic Auspicy in the Thebaid

Eleni Manolaraki

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This essay examines Amphiaraus’ auspicy and derivative episodes in the Thebaid from the perspective of Statius’ narrative and narrating contexts. Statius forges an exegetical bond that welds his ... More


Malae preces and their Articulation in the Thebaid

Ann Hubert

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the presentation of prayer in Statius’ Thebaid. It argues that prayer is a menacing and self–serving articulation that seeks to satisfy the desires of those who utter it, ... More


Hymnic Features in Statian Epic and the Siluae

Bruce Gibson

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Statius’ use of hymnic features across his works. In the Siluae, Statius exploits the epideictic dimension of hymns, with hymnic passages addressed to gods. The language of hymn ... More


Religion and Power in the Thebaid

Federica Bessone

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The epic genre gives a doubled representation of power, divine and human. The Thebaid is a discourse on absolute power. In the closing book, the poem attempts to re–establish imperial values; the ... More


Chthonic Ingredients and Thematic Concerns: The Shaping of the Necromancy in the Thebaid

Ruth Parkes

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores how Statius constructs his necromancy to suit the themes and concerns of the Thebaid. The first part argues that the inclusion of a chthonic episode befits the dominance of the ... More


Wasted Water: The Failure of Purification in the Thebaid

Nicholas Dee

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the ineffectiveness and perversion of lustration and other modes of purificatory ritual in Statius’ Thebaid. In several instances, attempts at purification in response to ... More


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