Statius and Virgil
The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the "Aeneid"
By (author) Randall Toth Ganiban
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Statius and Virgil by Randall Toth Ganiban
Book DescriptionAt 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 2007 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 way to interpret the Thebaid and a largely sequential reading of the poem.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521840392
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Randall Toth Ganiban
Aeneid 5, Paperback (October 2014)
This is the fifth in the series of books of the "Aeneid" which include the text in Latin, with an introduction and commentary.
Statius and Virgil, Paperback (September 2010)
This 2007 book explores the degree to which Statius' Thebaid is engaged in a dialogue with the ideas and poetry of Virgil's Aeneid.
Aeneid 4, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Randall Toth Ganiban
This edition is part of a new series of commentaries on the Aeneid. Each volume is edited by a scholar of Roman epic and designed with the needs of today's college Latin students in mind. A two-volume edition of all books in the Aeneid will be derived from the series.
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Author Biography - Randall Toth Ganiban
Randall Ganiban is Associate Professor of Classics at Middlebury College, Vermont.
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