Roman imperial epic is enjoying a moment in the sun in the twenty-first century, as Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus have all been the subject of a remarkable increase in scholarly attention and appreciation. Lucan and Flavian epic characterizes and historicizes that moment, showing how the qualities of the poems and the histories of their receptions have brought about the kind of analysis and attention they are now receiving. Serving both experienced scholars of the poems and students interested in them for the first time, this book offers a new perspective on current and future directions in scholarship.

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Kyle Gervais, Ph.D. (2013), University of Otago, is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He co-edited Brill’s Companion to Statius and has published commentaries on Statius’ Thebaid, Seneca’s Hercules Furens, and John of Garland’s Integumenta Ovidii.
Randall J. Pogorzelski, Ph.D. (2007), University of California, Santa Barbara, is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Virgil and Joyce: Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses.
Sarah Graham-Shaughnessy, M.A. (2019), University of Western Ontario, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto.
We expect that the most common purchasers of this book will be academic libraries. It is aimed at professional specialists in Roman literature as well as post-graduate students seeking an introduction to Roman Imperial epic poetry. It will primarily be of interest to the field of Classical Studies, but should also find an audience among specialists in the literatures of later periods, especially those interested in the reception of Classical literature.
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