Thebaid IX by Michael DewarThebaid IX by Michael Dewar

Thebaid IX

byMichael DewarEditorStatius

Hardcover | December 1, 1994

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* With Latin text and English translation The epic poem the Thebaid was composed by Statius about AD 80 to 92 in twelve books. The subject is the expedition of the Seven against Thebes in support of the attempt by Oedipus' son Polyneices to recover the throne from his brother Eteocles. Book IX is set in the midst of the fighting before theeventual death of the two brothers. In this new edition of Book IX Dr Dewar accompanies the Latin text with apparatus criticus, a translation, and an extensive introduction and commentary. The introduction contains sections on Statius' life and works, a summary of the epic, its themes and characters, and poetry, the textualtradition, and Statius' influence on later European literature. The commentary, the first on the ninth book to be published in Britain this century, is written in the light of recent scholarship. It examines in close detail Statius' style and language, use of models (especially Homer, HellenisticGreek poetry, Virgil, Lucan, and Seneca), and literary intentions. It is Dr Dewar's hope that this edition will help to explain the poem's great popularity in the Middle Ages, and even restore something of its lost prestige.

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Michael Dewar is at University of Calgary.
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Title:Thebaid IXFormat:HardcoverPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198144806

ISBN - 13:9780198144809

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'This edition of Statius, "Thebaid 9", which developed from a commentary accepted for a D Phil at Oxford, conforms to all the requirements of the genre...students of Statius will find much of lexical and philological value. The discussion throughout of his diction, style, metre and 'imitatio'represents a major contribution to Statian scholarship. Hence Dewar's place among contemporary scholars of the poet is assured through this single work alone.'William J Dominik, Scholia