Statius resolution of the theban epic against the backdrop of the end ings of the iliad or. The third and last volume features books 8 12 of the thebaid pp. Finally in d statius makes explicit assertions of his poetic autonomy. Enceladus 12 himself reechoes her wild wailings, and illumines her path with bursting fire. Statius thebaid form premade the cambridge classical journal. It has many features borrowed from virgil, but suffers from overstatement and exaggeration. Chaucers summary of statius thebaid iixii traditio cambridge. The thebaid of statius, a retelling in epic form of hepta epi thbas 467 b. The thebaid, a more ambitious work, describes the struggle of the brothers polyneices and eteocles for the throne of the ancient greek city of thebes. Volume i contained the silvae, thirtytwo occasional poems circa 8996 a. A new complete downloadable english translation of his epic of the seven against thebes. Mozley translator see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Chaucers summary of statius thebaid iixii volume 11 francis p. The work begins and ends, however, with passages that.
Thebais is a latin epic in 12 books written in dactylic hexameter by publius papinius statius ad c. This epic recounting the struggle between the two sons of oedipus for the kingship of thebes. The poem deals with the theban cycle and treats the assault of the seven champions of argos against the city of thebes. Papinius publius papinius, pollmann, karla, statius, thebaid 12. Statius, thebaid book 12 theoi classical texts library. 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. He was the author of a collection of dedicatory poems known as the silvae, the epic thebaid in twelve books, and the unfinished achilleid. Statius completed one epic, the 12 book thebaid, but only two books of another, the achilleid. Even so did the bereaved ceres light her torch and from aetnas rocks cast the shifting glare of the mighty flame here over sicily, there over ausonia, as she followed the traces of the dark ravisher and the great wheelfurrows in the dust.
Statius, thebaid book 1 theoi classical texts library. The text and translation of books 17 of the thebaid occupy the rest of the second volume pp. The thebaid is a latin epic in 12 books written in dactylic hexameter by publius papinius statius ad c. Statius has in mind the virgilian nox atra caput circumvolat aen. These last two works relate the stories of the seven against thebes and the youth of achilles respectively.1151 445 1249 312 236 597 1330 953 1477 1454 968 852 100 201 665 242 816 970 1010 1026 37 416 179 314 454 439 1425 1403 1264 474 1426 207 649 696 1068 242 1 1252 696 903 1076 1079 508 1415 402