Statius and Epic Games by Helen Lovatt
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Statius and Epic Games
By Helen Lovatt

Statius and Epic Games

Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid

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Statius and Epic Games by Helen Lovatt

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Epic games are more than just an interlude; they reflect the realities of epic: heroism, power and war. This first major study of the athletic games in Statius' Thebaid Book 6 uses them to produce a new reading of the poem as a whole. It explores each event in Statius' games, discussing intertextual manoeuvres, historical context and poetic positioning, developing a theme from each: audience power, cosmic disruption, national identity, masculinity and the body, games and war, kingship and narrative control. This book uses a close reading of one part of one text to range over ancient literature. It casts light on the tradition of games in ancient epic as a whole, examining the works of Homer, Virgil, Apollonius, Ovid and Lucan. It is essential reading for the student of Statius and of ancient epic and of interest to historians of Roman society with an interest in sport and spectacle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521847421
ISBN-10: 0521847427
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 28mm)
Pages: 348
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Helen Lovatt

Helen Lovatt is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Nottingham. She has written numerous articles on Latin epic and its reception.

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