Family in Flavian Epic


Family in Flavian Epic examines the treatment of family bonds in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica, Statius’ Thebaid and Achilleid, and Silius Italicus’ Punica. The eleven contributions consider the representation of epic parents, children, siblings, and spouses, and their interaction with each other, demonstrating the Flavian poets’ engagement with their epic, and more generally literary, tradition. At the same time, Roman attitudes towards the family and Flavian concerns especially related to dynastic harmony and civil war also characterise both historical and mythological members of Flavian epic families.

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Nikoletta Manioti, Ph.D. (2012), Durham, is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on a three-year project on “View from Above: Aerial Perspectives in Latin Epic”, and preparing a monograph on epic sisters.

Contributors are: Antony Augoustakis, Neil Bernstein, Federica Bessone, Emma Buckley, Peter Heslin, Alison Keith, Joy Littlewood, Nikoletta Manioti, Carole Newlands, Claire Stocks, and Tim Stover.

"This collection of essays by both young and senior scholars makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of an increasingly important field of Latin literary study." P.J. Davis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.03.04
Notes on Contributors

Family in Flavian Epic
Nikoletta Manioti
Opibusque ultra ne crede paternis: Fathers and Sons on the Wrong Side of History in Valerius’ Argonautica
Tim Stover
Daddy’s Little Girl? The Father/Daughter Bond in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica and Flavian Rome
Claire Stocks
Over Her Live Body? Marriage in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica
Emma Buckley
A Perfect Murder: The Hypsipyle Epyllion
Peter Heslin
Becoming Sisters: Antigone and Argia in Statius’ Thebaid
Nikoletta Manioti
Fatal Unions: Marriage at Thebes
Carole Newlands
The Hero’s Extended Family: Familial and Narrative Tensions in Statius’ Achilleid
Federica Bessone
Dynastic Triads: Flavian Resonances and Structural Antithesis in Silius’ Sons of Hamilcar
Joy Littlewood
Mutua uulnera: Dying Together in Silius’ Saguntum
Neil Bernstein
Sisters and Their Secrets in Flavian Epic
Alison Keith
Burial and Lament in Flavian Epic: Mothers, Fathers, Children
Antony Augoustakis
General Index
Index Locorum
All interested in Flavian epic, Flavian literature, and Flavian Rome in general, as well as anyone interested in the family and its various manifestations in Roman culture.
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