Thebaid

ISBN-10: 0674012089
ISBN-13: 9780674012080
Edition: 2003
List price: $26.00
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Description: Statius published his Thebaid in the last decade of the first century. This epic recounting the struggle between the two sons of Oedipus for the kingship of Thebes is his masterpiece, a stirring exploration of the passions of civil war. The extant  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 4.75" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

Statius published his Thebaid in the last decade of the first century. This epic recounting the struggle between the two sons of Oedipus for the kingship of Thebes is his masterpiece, a stirring exploration of the passions of civil war. The extant portion of his unfinished Achilleid is strikingly different in tone: this second epic begins as a charming account of Achilles' life. Statius was raised in the Greek cultural milieu of the Bay of Naples, and his Greek literary education is reflected in his poetry. The political realities of Rome in the first century are also evident in the Thebaid, in representations of authoritarian power and the drive for domination. This two-volume edition of the epics, a freshly edited Latin text facing a graceful translation, completes D. R. Shackleton Bailey's new Loeb Classical Library edition of Statius. Kathleen M. Coleman contributed an essay on recent scholarship on the two epics.

D. R. Shackleton Bailey was Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature, Harvard University.

Introduction
Recent Scholarship on the Epics
Abbreviations
Thebaid

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