Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid

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Mai 2011



At the end of the Thebaid, Statius enjoins his epic 'not to compete with the divine Aeneid but rather to follow at a distance and always revere its footprints'. The nature of the Thebaid's interaction with the Aeneid is, however, a matter of debate. This book argues that the Thebaid reworks themes, scenes, and ideas from Virgil in order to show that the Aeneid's representation of monarchy is inadequate. It also demonstrates how the Thebaid's fascination with horror, spectacle, and unspeakable violence is tied to Statius' critique of the moral and political virtues at the heart of the Aeneid. Professor Ganiban offers both a new way to interpret the Thebaid and a largely sequential reading of the poem.


1. Introduction; 2. Oedipus' curse; 3. Horror, prophecy, and the gods; 4. Hypsipyle's narrative of nefas; 5. Bacchus and the outbreak of war; 6. Dis and the domination of hell; 7. Delay and the rout of Pietas; 8. Spectacle, crime, and monarchy at Thebes; 9. Pietas, burial, and clementia in a world of nefas.


Randall Ganiban is Associate Professor of Classics at Middlebury College, Vermont.


Review of the hardback: 'Ganiban sympathetically demonstrates that Statius consistently turns the apparently smothering power of the model to his own advantage. ... succeeds in putting Statius back on the map, restoring a sense of his great power as a flamboyant poet of sin and redemption.' Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521840392
ISBN: 0521840392
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2011
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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