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Statius

Elaine Fantham and Emily Fairey

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0064
Statius

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Publius Papinius Statius was born in Naples around 45 ce. Very little is recorded about his life; most of what is known is gleaned from his own writings. For example, he was victorious in poetic contests many times at his native Naples, and thrice at Alba, where he received the golden crown from the hand of the emperor Domitian and was promoted to the coveted post of court poet. His wife, Claudia, appears in his poetry as a character and an addressee. Finally, we gather from the final poem of the Silvae, which expresses his sorrow at the death of an adopted child, that he had no children but wished for them. Statius had many patrons, and although not wealthy, he did not live in poverty. He lived in Rome most of his life as a court poet under Domitian. He is one of the principal epic and lyric poets of the Silver Age of Latin literature. After listing a few general studies of Statius’s context and inherited epic tradition, this bibliography treats his three works, the Thebaid, the incomplete Achilleid, and the five books of Silvae.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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