Statius Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War by Charles McNelisStatius Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War by Charles McNelis

Statius Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War

byCharles McNelis

Paperback | November 19, 2009

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This study focuses on ways in which Statius' epic Thebaid, a poem about the civil war between Oedipus' sons Eteocles and Polynices, reflects the theme of internal discord in its narrative strategies. At the same time that Statius reworks the Homeric and Virgilian epic traditions, he engages with Hellenistic poetic ideals as exemplified by Callimachus and the Roman Callimachean poets, especially Ovid. The result is a tension between the impulse towards the generic expectations of warfare and the desire for delay and postponement of such conflict. Ultimately, Statius adheres to the mythic paradigm of the mutual fratricide, but he continues to employ competing strategies that call attention to the fictive nature of any project of closure and conciliation. In the process, the poem offers a new mode of epic closure that emphasises individual means of resolution.
Title:Statius Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521123615

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Gods, humans and the literary tradition; 2. Beginning; 3. Nemea; 4. Middle; 5. Heroic deaths; 6. End.

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"a welcome addition to Statian scholarship...The book is extremely nuanced and works at a number of levels." ―BMCR