Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid by Randall T. GanibanStatius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid by Randall T. Ganiban

Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid

byRandall T. Ganiban

Paperback | September 9, 2010

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At the end of the Thebaid, Statius enjoins his epic 'not to compete with the divine Aeneid but rather to follow at a distance and always revere its footprints'. The nature of the Thebaid's interaction with the Aeneid is, however, a matter of debate. This 2007 book argues that the Thebaid reworks themes, scenes, and ideas from Virgil in order to show that the Aeneid's representation of monarchy is inadequate. It also demonstrates how the Thebaid's fascination with horror, spectacle, and unspeakable violence is tied to Statius' critique of the moral and political virtues at the heart of the Aeneid. Professor Ganiban offers both a way to interpret the Thebaid and a largely sequential reading of the poem.
Title:Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the AeneidFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 9, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521169119

ISBN - 13:9780521169110

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Oedipus' curse; 3. Horror, prophecy, and the gods; 4. Hypsipyle's narrative of nefas; 5. Bacchus and the outbreak of war; 6. Dis and the domination of hell; 7. Delay and the rout of Pietas; 8. Spectacle, crime, and monarchy at Thebes; 9. Pietas, burial, and clementia in a world of nefas; Works cited; Indexes.

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"...this is a splendid study of the Thebaid." --BMCR