Statius' Thebaid And the Poetics of Civil War (Hardcover)

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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 emphasizes individual means of resolution.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521867412
SKU 203919832
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 052186741X
Release Date 6/18/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0203
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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