Fragment #1 -- Contest of Homer and Hesiod: Homer travelled about reciting his epics, first the "Thebaid
", in seven thousand verses, which begins: `Sing, goddess, of parched Argos, whence lords...'
The Achilleid has lagged behind the Silvae and the Thebaid
in the critical reappraisal of Statius' work, but it has recently been dragged centre-stage in the theoretical debates concerning intertextuality.
Most of the papers deal with his epic Thebaid
, but some consider the unfinished epic Achilleid and the collection of occasional verse Silvae.
While the passage describing Briareos in Purgatorio 12.25-33 is generally and indirectly indebted to numerous classical accounts of the battle of the gods and Giants, scholars have generally cited Ovid's Metamorphoses 10.151 and Statius' Thebaid
2.595-601 as the principal sources for Dante's depiction of Briareos.
Bailey offers a comprehensive catalogue of the few objects in this category and a discussion of the provenance of the finds, emphasizing their connections to contemporary comparanda from the Thebaid
. A fourth chapter, by Roberta Tomber, on other ceramic objects includes both a small number of purpose-made materials and reworked items that include a considerable quantity of amphora spikes re-cut to form vessels, a phenomenon unique to the Eastern Desert.
Statius and Virgil: The "Thebaid
" and the Reinterpretation of the "Aeneid." Cambridge U.
Although Statius's epics, the Thebaid
and the Achilleid, give unprecedented space to the maternal figure, there are no ideal mothers in his poetry.
Questionable biographical anecdotes are mingled with Dr Williams's own speculation, for example as to why the young Pope translated the Thebaid
: 'a boy facing a lifetime of stunted deformity might derive comfort' from the heroes.
First-century Latin poet Statius modeled his Thebaid
, a retelling the Seven Against Thebes story, on the Aeneid, but the scholarly judgment of the poem as derivative and inferior has changed since the final decades of the 20th century.
Yet, although the mother seems not to have been a significant figure in Flavian art nor in Flavian politics, she is, however, significant, indeed prominent, in the works of Statius, this era's most distinguished poet, particularly in his Thebaid