Brill's Companion to Statius


Brill’s Companion to Statius is the first companion volume to be published on arguably the most important Roman poet of the Flavian period. Thirty-four newly commissioned chapters from international experts provide a comprehensive overview of recent approaches to Statius, discuss the fundamental issues and themes of his poetry, and suggest new fruitful areas for research. All of his works are considered: the Thebaid, his longest extant epic; the Achilleid, his unfinished epic; and the Silvae, his collected short poetry. Particular themes explored include the social, cultural, and political issues surrounding his poetry; his controversial aesthetic; the influence of his predecessors upon his poetry; and the scholarly and literary reception of his poetry in subsequent ages to the present.

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W. J. Dominik, Ph.D. (1989) in Classics, Monash University, Australia, is Professor of Classics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has published extensively on Roman literature and rhetoric, especially of the Flavian era, the classical tradition, and lexicography.

C. E. Newlands, Ph.D. (1984) in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley, is Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. She recently published Silvae: Book II (2011) and Statius: Between Rome and Naples (2012).

K. Gervais, Ph.D. (2013) in Classics at the University of Otago, New Zealand, is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is preparing a commentary on Statius’ Thebaid 2, and has published on Horace, textual criticism, and the films of Quentin Tarantino.

Contributors: Frederick Ahl, Rhiannon Ash, Antony Augoustakis, Valéry Berlincourt, Neil W. Bernstein, Susanna Braund, Pramit Chaudhuri, Christopher Chinn, Neil Coffee, Cecilia Criado, Peter J. Davis, Jessica S. Dietrich, William J. Dominik, Robert R. Edwards, Randall T. Ganiban, Kyle Gervais, Bruce Gibson, Peter Heslin, Helen Kaufmann, Helen Lovatt, Agis Marinis, Charles McNelis, Dustin Mengelkoch, Laura Micozzi, K. Sara Myers, Carole E. Newlands, Victoria E. Pagán, Ruth Parkes, François Ripoll, Paul Roche, Luke Roman, Gianpiero Rosati, Meike Rühl.
"In the ‘Introduction’ the editors state that they “have attempted to provide for our readers both an overview of present trends in research and a stimulus to future exploration of Statius, his times, and his reception’ (pp. 13–14). These goals are easily met in the volume and everywhere contributors point to fertile avenues for future research. Students and scholars alike will find much value here." Andrew M. McClellan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.03.43. ''William Dominik, Carole Newlands, and Kyle Gervais present a monumental volume devoted to Statius’ poetry, offering a very wide range of perspectives in more than thirty chapters amounting to seven hundred pages. It will certainly become a standard reference publication not just in Statian, but also in Flavian studies. The brilliant array of scholars who have contributed to the volume ensures its high quality.'' Ana Lóio, Euphrosyne 2017.45
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Notes on Contributors

part 1 – Introduction
1 Reading Statius
Carole E. Newlands, Kyle Gervais, and William J. Dominik

part 2 - Beginnings
2 Statius on Invocation and Inspiration
K. Sara Myers
3 The Silvae: Poetics of Impromptu and Cultural Consumption
Gianpiero Rosati
4 The Beginnings of the Achilleid
Randall T. Ganiban

part 3 - Social and Cultural Matters
5 Creating the Distinguished Addressee: Literary Patronage in the Works of Statius
Meike Rühl
6 Gift and Society in the Works of Statius
Neil Coffee
7 Negative Stereotypes of Wealth in the Works of Statius
Bruce Gibson
8 Family and Kinship in the Works of Statius
Neil W. Bernstein

part 4 - Transgressive Poetics: The Achilleid
9 Statius’ Achilleid: The Paradoxical Epic
Peter J. Davis
10 Intertext, Metapoetry, and Visuality in the Achilleid
Christopher Chinn
11 Similes and Gender in the Achilleid
Charles McNelis

part 5 - Conflict, Power, and Death in the Thebaid
12 “War Came in Disarray . . .” (Thebaid 7.616): Statius and the Depiction of Battle
Rhiannon Ash
13 Parent-Child Conflict in the Thebaid
Kyle Gervais
14 Transgressing Boundaries of the Unthinkable: Sophocles, Ovid, Vergil, Seneca, and Homer Refracted in Statius’ Thebaid
Frederick Ahl
15 Similes and Their Programmatic Role in the Thebaid
William J. Dominik
16 The Constitutional Status of Euripidean and Statian Theseus: Some Aspects of the Criticism of Absolute Power in the Thebaid
Cecilia Criado
17 Dead Woman Walking: Jocasta in the Thebaid
Jessica S. Dietrich

part 6 - Predecessors and Contemporaries
18 Statius’ Epic Poetry: A Challenge to the Literary Past
Laura Micozzi
19 Statius’ Thebaid and Greek Tragedy: The Legacy of Thebes
Agis Marinis
20 Georgics 2.497 and Thebaid 1.19–20: Allusion and Inspiration
Victoria E. Pagán
21 Statius and Senecan Drama
Antony Augoustakis
22 Lucan’s De Bello Civili in the Thebaid
Paul Roche
23 Following after Valerius: Argonautic Imagery in the Thebaid
Helen Lovatt
24 Statius and Silius Italicus
François Ripoll
25 Statius and Martial: Post-vatic Self-fashioning in Flavian Rome
Luke Roman

part 7 - Reception
26 Reading Statius Through a Biographical Lens
Ruth Parkes
27 Papinius Noster: Statius in Roman Late Antiquity
Helen Kaufmann
28 Medieval Statius: Belatedness and Authority
Robert R. Edwards
29 Statius in Dante’s Commedia
Peter Heslin
30 The Thebaid in Italian Renaissance Epic: The Case of Capaneus
Pramit Chaudhuri
31 Early Modern Thebaid: The Latin Commentary Tradition
Valéry Berlincourt
32 Statian Recusatio: Angelo Poliziano and John Dryden
Dustin Mengelkoch
33 Naturalizing Statius
Susanna Braund
34 Statius in an Ideological Climate
Carole E. Newlands

Index Locorum
General Index
All interested in Classics in general and Roman literature in particular, and scholars of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern literature, for whom Statius is a major Latin poet.
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