Statius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary by Kyle GervaisStatius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary by Kyle Gervais

Statius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

EditorKyle Gervais

Hardcover | April 15, 2017

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Composed towards the end of the first century CE, Statius' Thebaid relates the myth of the "Seven against Thebes": the assault of the seven champions of Argos on the ancient city in a bid to oust Eteocles, son of Oedipus, from his throne in favour of his brother, Polynices. Book 2 presentsseveral key events in the build-up to the Theban war: Eteocles' haunting by the ghost of his grandfather Laius, the ill-omened weddings of Polynices and his ally Tydeus to the princesses of Argos, and Tydeus' failed embassy to Eteocles, leading to his famed victory over a Theban ambush. This volume represents the first full-length scholarly commentary in English on Book 2 of the twelve-book Latin epic, greatly expanding on and updating Mulder's Latin language commentary published in 1954 by Groningen. An extensive introduction covers the poem's historical, textual, and literarycontexts, with particular attention to Statius' adaptation of prior literary tradition and especially the epics of Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, and Silius Italicus. The Latin text, accompanied by a clear translation and apparatus criticus, is newly edited to take advantage of therecent detailed editorial work on the poem by Hall, Ritchie, and Edwards and is supplemented by a comprehensive and incisive line-by-line commentary which addresses a range of textual, linguistic, and literary topics. The result is a keenly focused yet accessible critical edition that will be ofinterest both to specialist scholars of Latin poetry and to advanced graduate students studying Flavian epic.
Kyle Gervais is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches courses in Latin language and literature. He is the author of various articles on Latin poetry and classics in popular culture, and is also a co-editor of Brill's Companion to Statius (Leiden, 2015).
Title:Statius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and CommentaryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

FrontmatterList of Abbreviations and ConventionsINTRODUCTION1. Author2. Texta) Editing the Thebaidb) Editing Thebaid 2c) Textual differences3. Intratextsa) Myth, plot, structureb) Book 1c) Book 3d) Book 84. Intertextsa) Poeticsb) Allusive techniquesc) Greek and minor Latin textsd) Aeneide) Metamorphosesf) De Bello Civilig) Senecan tragedyh) Argonauticai) Punicaj) Silvae, Achilleid, and later textsSIGLAP. PAPINI STATI THEBAIDOS LIBER SECVNDVSTRANSLATIONCOMMENTARYEndmatterBibliographyIndexes