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Thebaid [electronic resource] / Statius ; edited and translated by D.R. Shackleton Bailey.

Author/Creator:
Statius, P. Papinius (Publius Papinius) author.
Publication:
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2014.
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Book
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Series:
Loeb Classical Library ; 207, 498.
Loeb Classical Library ; 207, 498
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Digital Loeb.
Subjects:
Eteocles, King of Thebes (Mythological character) -- Poetry.
Polynices (Greek mythological figure) -- Poetry.
Epic poetry, Latin -- Translations into English.
Seven against Thebes (Greek mythology) -- Poetry.
Thebes (Greece) -- Poetry.
Greece -- Thebes.
Rome (Empire).
Language:
Text in Latin with English translation on facing pages.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Summary:
Greek literary education and Roman political reality are evident in the poetry of Statius (c. 50-96 CE). His Silvae are thirty-two occasional poems. His masterpiece, the epic Thebaid, recounts the struggle for kingship between the two sons of Oedipus. The extant portion of his Achilleid begins an account of Achilles's life and renews epic. Statius published his Thebaid in the last decade of the first century. This epic recounting the struggle between the two sons of Oedipus for the kingship of Thebes is his masterpiece, a stirring exploration of the passions of civil war. The extant portion of his unfinished Achilleid is strikingly different in tone: this second epic begins as a charming account of Achilles' life. Statius was raised in the Greek cultural milieu of the Bay of Naples, and his Greek literary education is reflected in his poetry. The political realities of Rome in the first century are also evident in the Thebaid, in representations of authoritarian power and the drive for domination. This two-volume edition of the epics, a freshly edited Latin text facing a graceful translation, completes D. R. Shackleton Bailey's new Loeb Classical Library edition of Statius. Kathleen M. Coleman contributed an essay on recent scholarship on the two epics.
Contents:
v. I. Thebaid, Books 1-7
v. II. Thebaid, Books 8-12. Achilleid.
Notes:
Includes index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Shackleton Bailey, D. R. (David Roy), 1917-2005, editor, translator.
Coleman, Kathleen M. contributor.
Other format:
Print version: Statius, P. Papinius (Publius Papinius). Thebaid.
ISBN:
9780674012080
9780674012097
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