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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Biographical Note

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.

Review Quote

" 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.

Table of contents

Preface Texts and Abbreviations 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 Bibliography 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.