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Statius' Silvae and the Poetics of Empire

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ISBN-10: 0521126118

ISBN-13: 9780521126113

Edition: 2010

Authors: Carole E. Newlands

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Statius' Silvae are argued in this book to be important social and literary productions. Traditionally derided as occasional and therefore inconsequential verse, they offer fascinating insight into the history, politics, art and literature of the Flavian period. They celebrate and explore in all its variety and ambiguity a flourishing literary and artistic culture which the condemnation of Domitian's memory after his assassination had largely suppressed. They deserve consideration for what they reveal about the role of poetry and patronage in imperial society as well as about imperial art and architecture.
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Book details

List price: $63.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Robert B. Ray is Professor of English at the University of Florida. He is author of A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930--1980, The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy, How a Film Theory Got Lost (IUP, 2001), and The ABCs of Classic Hollywood.

Embodying the statue: Silvae 1.1 and 4.6
Engendering the house: Silvae 1.2 and 3.4
Imperial pastoral: Vopiscus' villa in Silvae 1.3
Dominating nature: Pollio's villa in Silvae 2.2
Reading the Thebaid: Silvae 1.5
The Emperor's Saturnalia: Silvae 1.6
Dining with the emperor: Silvae 4.2
Building the imperial highway: Silvae 4.3