Flavian Epic

ISBN : 9780199650668

Antony Augoustakis
560 Pages
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2015
Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
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The epics of the three Flavian poets-Silius Italicus, Statius, and Valerius Flaccus-have, in recent times, attracted the attention of scholars, who have re-evaluated the particular merits of Flavian poetry as far more than imitation of the traditional norms and patterns. Drawn from sixty years of scholarship, this edited collection is the first volume to collate the most influential modern academic writings on Flavian epic poetry, revised and updated to provide both scholars and students alike with a broad yet comprehensive overview of the field. A wide range of topics receive coverage, and analysis and interpretation of individual poems are integrated throughout. The plurality of the critical voices included in the volume presents a much-needed variety of approaches, which are used to tackle questions of intertextuality, gender, poetics, and the social and political context of the period. In doing so, the volume demonstrates that by engaging in a complex and challenging intertextual dialogue with their literary predecessors, the innovative epics of the Flavian poets respond to contemporary needs, expressing overt praise, or covert anxiety, towards imperial rule and the empire.


List of Abbreviations
Text and Translations Used
1 Antony Augoustakis: Introduction: Flavian Epic Renaissance

A. Valerius Flaccus
2 Martha A. Davis: ratis audax: Valerius Flaccus' Bold Ship
3 Roberta Nordera: Virgilianisms in Valerius Flaccus: A Contribution to the Study of Epic Language in the Imperial Age
4 Marco Fuecchi: The Restoration of Ancient Models: Epic Tradition and Mannerist Technique in Valerius' Argonautica 6
5 Andrew Zissos: Allusion and Narrative Possibility in the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus

B. Statius
6 Debra Hershkowitz: parce metu, Cytherea: Failed Intertext Repetition in Statius' Thebaid, or, Don't Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before
7 Alison Keith: Ovid's Theban narrative in Statius' Thebaid
8 S. Georgia Nugent: Statius' Hypsipyle: Following in the Footsteps of Virgil's Aeneid
9 Joanna Brown: lacrimabile nomen Archemorus: The Babe in the Woods in Statius' Thebaid 4-6
10 Neil Bernstein: auferte oculos: Modes of Spectatorship in Statius' Thebaid 11
11 Helen Lovatt: Competing Endings: Re-reading the End of Statius' Thebaid through Lucan
12 Stephen Hinds: Essential Epic: Genre and Gender from Macer to Statius

C. Silius Italicus
13 Arthur Pomeroy: Silius' Rome: The Rewriting of Virgil's Vision
14 Richard T. Bruere: Color Ovidianus in Silius' Punica
15 Antony Augoustakis: lugendam formae sine uirginitate reliquit: Reading Pyrene and the Transformation of Landscape in Silius' Punica 3
16 Raymond Marks: per uulnera regnum: Self-destruction, Self-sacrifice and Deuotio in Punica 4-10
17 Alessandro Mezzanotte: Echoes of the Contemporary World in Silius Italicus

Index Locorum
General Index

About the author: 

Antony Augoustakis is Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Centennial Scholar. He is also President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (USA) for 2015-2016 and editor of Illinois Classical Studies.

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