Statius and Epic Games

Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid


Author: Helen Lovatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521847421

Category: History

Page: 336

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Offers a new reading of Statius' Thebaid through an examination of the games in Book 6.

The Closure of Space in Roman Poetics

Empire's Inward Turn


Author: Victoria Rimell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107079268

Category: History

Page: 367

View: 3165

An ambitious analysis of the Roman literary obsession with retreat and closed spaces, in the context of expanding empire.

Rt-Thebaid Z


Author: Statius

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801458080


Page: N.A

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Echoing Hylas

A Study in Hellenistic and Roman Metapoetics


Author: Mark Heerink

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299305449

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 7845

During a stopover of the Argo in Mysia, the boy Hylas sets out to fetch water for his companion Hercules. Wandering into the woods, he arrives at a secluded spring, inhabited by nymphs who fall in love with him and pull him into the water. Mad with worry, Hercules stays in Mysia to look for the boy, but he will never find him again . . . In Echoing Hylas, Mark Heerink argues that the story of Hylas—a famous episode of the Argonauts' voyage—was used by poets throughout classical antiquity to reflect symbolically on the position of their poetry in the literary tradition. Certain elements of the story, including the characters of Hylas and Hercules themselves, functioned as metaphors of the art of poetry. In the Hellenistic age, for example, the poet Theocritus employed Hylas as an emblem of his innovative bucolic verse, contrasting the boy with Hercules, who symbolized an older, heroic-epic tradition. The Roman poet Propertius further developed and transformed Theocritus's metapoetical allegory by turning Heracles into an elegiac lover in pursuit of an unattainable object of affection. In this way, the myth of Hylas became the subject of a dialogue among poets across time, from the Hellenistic age to the Flavian era. Each poet, Heerink demonstrates, used elements of the myth to claim his own place in a developing literary tradition. With this innovative diachronic approach, Heerink opens a new dimension of ancient metapoetics and offers many insights into the works of Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, Valerius Flaccus, and Statius.

Bibliographic Index


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bibliographical literature

Page: 26

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Writing Politics in Imperial Rome


Author: William J. Dominik,John Garthwaite,Paul A. Roche

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004156715

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 539

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Roman literature is inherently political in the varied contexts of its production and the abiding concerns of its subject matter. This collection examines the strategies and techniques of political writing at Rome in a broad range of literature spanning almost two centuries, differing political systems, climates, and contexts. It applies a definition of politics that is more in keeping with modern critical approaches than has often been the case in studies of the political literature of classical antiquity. By applying a wide variety of critically informed viewpoints, this volume offers the reader not only a long view of the abiding techniques, strategies, and concerns of political expression at Rome but also many new perspectives on individual authors of the early empire and their republican precursors.

Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar


Author: Francis Cairns,Sandra Cairns,Florida State University. Dept. of Classics

Publisher: Francis Cairns Publications

ISBN: 9780905205502

Category: Classical literature

Page: 390

View: 5776

These 13 papers by an international group of scholars examine Greek and Roman poetry and prose.