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Though the Thebaid was influenced by a wide range of literary works, Statius would have written a very different epic without Lucan’s. This paper contributes to investigations of Lucan’s influence on Statius by examining aspects of the poets’ shared fascination with the representation of crime. In particular, it explores the ways in which the Bellum Civile functioned as a model for the Thebaid in employing the idea of unspeakable crime as a defining narrative theme.

In: Brill's Companion to Lucan
In: Brill's Companion to Silius Italicus
In: Brill's Companion to Statius
In: Brill's Companion to Valerius Flaccus