Statius' Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War
By (author) Charles McNelis
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Statius' Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War by Charles McNelis
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521867412
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A significant reading of the epic which argues that its narrative strategies reflect the theme of internal discord.
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Author Biography - Charles McNelis
Charles McNelis is Assistant Professor of Classics at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
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