Statius Silvae and the Poetics of Empire by Carole E. NewlandsStatius Silvae and the Poetics of Empire by Carole E. Newlands

Statius Silvae and the Poetics of Empire

byCarole E. Newlands

Paperback | January 14, 2010

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Statius' Silvae are argued in this book to be important social and literary productions. Traditionally derided as occasional and therefore inconsequential verse, they offer fascinating insight into the history, politics, art and literature of the Flavian period. They celebrate and explore in all its variety and ambiguity a flourishing literary and artistic culture which the condemnation of Domitian's memory after his assassination had largely suppressed. They deserve consideration for what they reveal about the role of poetry and patronage in imperial society as well as about imperial art and architecture.
Title:Statius Silvae and the Poetics of EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:January 14, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521126118

ISBN - 13:9780521126113


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Embodying the statue: Silvae 1.1 and 4.6; 3. Engendering the house: Silvae 1.2 and 3.4; 4. Imperial pastoral: Vopiscus' villa in Silvae 1.3; 5. Dominating nature: Pollio's villa in Silvae 2.2; 6. Reading the Thebaid: Silvae 1.5; 7. The Emperor's Saturnalia: Silvae 1.6; 8. Dining with the emperor: Silvae 4.2; 9. Building the imperial highway: Silvae 4.3.

Editorial Reviews

"Newland's approach--honed from her ^Playing with Time: Ovid and the Fasti" in which she tackled Ovid's combiniation of poetic narrative and national encomium--will provoke a new and to some degree sythetic phase in this movement.... Anyone interested in Flavian interested in Flavian poetry should consult this book, which is recommended for upper-division underground, graduate, and research collections." Choice