By Charles McNelis

This learn specializes in ways that Statius' epic Thebaid, a poem in regards to the civil conflict among Oedipus' sons Eteocles and Polynices, displays the subject of inner discord in its narrative options. even as that Statius reworks the Homeric and Virgilian epic traditions, he engages with Hellenistic poetic beliefs as exemplified via Callimachus and the Roman Callimachean poets, specifically Ovid. the result's a stress among the impulse in the direction of the ordinary expectancies of struggle and the will for hold up and postponement of such clash. finally, Statius adheres to the mythic paradigm of the mutual fratricide, yet he maintains to hire competing concepts that decision awareness to the fictive nature of any undertaking of closure and conciliation. within the procedure, the poem deals a brand new mode of epic closure that emphasises person technique of answer.

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34 are enhanced by earlier poems. 9, and a prominent point in those two poems is that Ponticus is a poet who addresses Theban themes. 9, he nonetheless does dissociate his elegy from such themes and thus anticipates his renunciation of Theban material. The word was thought to come from the lament ˜ ˜ l”gein; cf. v. ›legov II. 20 Statius’ Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War into the underworld and Jupiter’s smiting of Capaneus will not benefit Lynceus: num Amphiareae prosint tibi fata quadrigae aut Capanei magno grata ruina Iovi?

400– 28). The juxtaposition of the scene in which the earth is repopulated with an episode in which Apollo eradicates the chthonic force that was a terror (Met. 19 In gratitude to the god, a religious festival – the Pythian games – is created. Ovid’s account thus functions as an aetion (Met. 445–9), just as in the Thebaid the killing of Python contributes to the establishment of the rite whose origins are recounted by Adrastus. Furthermore, Ovid immediately turns from the victory over the snake to Apollo’s pursuit of Daphne, and Statius’ narrative progression similarly segues from triumph to the rape of Psamathe.

436–51). Ovid recounts this story after relating the flood and the subsequent restoration of human life by Deucalion and Pyrrha (Met. 400– 28). The juxtaposition of the scene in which the earth is repopulated with an episode in which Apollo eradicates the chthonic force that was a terror (Met. 19 In gratitude to the god, a religious festival – the Pythian games – is created. Ovid’s account thus functions as an aetion (Met. 445–9), just as in the Thebaid the killing of Python contributes to the establishment of the rite whose origins are recounted by Adrastus.

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