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Statius and epic games : sport, politics, and poetics in the Thebaid

Author: Helen Lovatt
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: Cambridge classical studies.
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"Epic games are more than just an interlude; they reflect the realities of epic: heroism, power and war. This first major study of the athletic games in Statius' Thebaid Book 6 uses them to produce a new reading of the poem as a whole. It explores each event in Statius' games, discussing intertextual manoeuvres, historical context and poetic positioning, developing a theme from each: audience power, cosmic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: P Papinius Statius; P Papinius Statius; Stace.; Stace; Publius Papinius Statius; P Papinius Statius
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Lovatt
ISBN: 0521847427 9780521847421
OCLC Number: 56942186
Description: xii, 336 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The chariot race. Epic games and real games --
The running. Audiences --
The discus. Gigantomachy --
The boxing. National identity --
The wrestling. Bodies --
The sword fight. Games and war --
The archery. Controlling the narrative.
Series Title: Cambridge classical studies.
Responsibility: Helen Lovatt.
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Offers a new reading of Statius' Thebaid through an examination of the games in Book 6.  Read more...

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