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Flavian Epic (Antony Augoustakis) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780199650668
Flavian Epic (Antony Augoustakis) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780199650668
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Title: Flavian Epic

Author: Augoustakis, Antony

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199650668

Volumes: 1; Pages: 464

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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.

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

Text and Translations Used

1. Introduction: Flavian Epic Renaissance, Antony Augoustakis

A. Valerius Flaccus

2. ratis audax: Valerius Flaccus' Bold Ship, Martha A. Davis

3. Virgilianisms in Valerius Flaccus: A Contribution to the Study of Epic Language in the Imperial Age, Roberta Nordera

4. The Restoration of Ancient Models: Epic Tradition and Mannerist Technique in Valerius' Argonautica 6, Marco Fuecchi

5. Allusion and Narrative Possibility in the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus, Andrew Zissos

B. Statius

6. parce metu, Cytherea: Failed Intertext Repetition in Statius' Thebaid, or, Don't Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, Debra Hershkowitz

7. Ovid's Theban narrative in Statius' Thebaid, Alison Keith

8. Statius' Hypsipyle: Following in the Footsteps of Virgil's Aeneid, S. Georgia Nugent

9. lacrimabile nomen Archemorus: The Babe in the Woods in Statius' Thebaid 4-6, Joanna Brown

10. auferte oculos: Modes of Spectatorship in Statius' Thebaid 11, Neil Bernstein

11. Competing Endings: Re-reading the End of Statius' Thebaid through Lucan, Helen Lovatt

12. Essential Epic: Genre and Gender from Macer to Statius, Stephen Hinds

C. Silius Italicus

13. Silius' Rome: The Rewriting of Virgil's Vision, Arthur Pomeroy

14. Color Ovidianus in Silius' Punica, Richard T. Bruere

15. lugendam formae sine uirginitate reliquit: Reading Pyrene and the Transformation of Landscape in Silius' Punica 3, Antony Augoustakis

16. per uulnera regnum: Self-destruction, Self-sacrifice and Deuotio in Punica 4-10, Raymond Marks

17. Echoes of the Contemporary World in Silius Italicus, Alessandro Mezzanotte



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