By Maya Chakravorty (Boston University)
Scholars such as Henriette van der Blom, Alison Cooley, and Susan Treggiari observe that a biological connection with heroic ancestors inspired descendants to emulate their deeds and mannerisms (van der Blom 2010: 88; Cooley 1998: 206-7; Treggiari 2003: 144, 148, 150). Silius Italicus’ Punica features the descendants of many famous regnal and early Republican heroes, such as Cloelius, a descendant of the early Republican heroine Cloelia, and Scaevola, descended from Mucius Scaevola.
By Thomas Bolt (Florida State University)
Despite recent work on aesthetics in Latin literature (Hardie 2013, Day 2013, Hardie 2009), Statius’ bold experimentation with the sublime remains poorly understood. Statius’ sublime is decidedly ambivalent, careening from the lofty to the absurd in a short space.
By Jennifer Weintritt (Northwestern University)
Modes of reading become modes of writing (Barchiesi). In the last two decades, scholars of Greek scholia have brought into clearer focus how ancient critics read Greek poetry, Homer most of all (e.g., Nünlist, Schironi, Kelly et al.). Accordingly, our understanding of how Roman poets metabolized these reading practices in their own writing has increased (Hexter, Farrell), with still more work to be done.
By Rebecca A Deitsch (Harvard University)
In Statius’ Thebaid, Juno reverses expectations to emerge as the opposite of her Vergilian self. While she lacks her predecessor’s cosmic influence, her characterization has major ramifications for the divine politics of the Thebaid. I argue that a network of Vergilian intertexts establishes a Juno who rejects her literary past in every respect except one: she remains at odds with Jupiter.
By Diana Librandi
After contrary winds push the Argo and its crew back to the harbor they have just left, neither the Argonauts nor the Cyzicans realize that their encounter has already taken place. They engage in battle and, only at dawn, do they recognize their tragic mistake.
By Thomas J Bolt
Due to the explosion of work on Flavian poetry in recent years, scholars now understand the sophisticated intertextual practices of Statius more than ever (Hershkowitz 1997, Gervais 2015, and Lovatt 2017).
By Kenneth Draper
This paper explores an overlooked symbolic program in Statius’ Thebaid and in his commentary on the Thebaid in the Silvae. Statius fuses diverse associations of Vulcan, Aetna, and Phlegra to make volcanic fire a multifaceted emblem of his epic verse. On the one hand, Vulcan’s forges in Aetna and elsewhere furnish an image of the poet crafting epic arma.
By Julia Mebane
Although Latin writers on civil war revel in inverted norms, paradoxical extremes, and collapsed boundaries, they typically center the city of Rome in their narratives. Writers from Caesar to Lucan describe how discord born in the Curia and Comitia expands outward to encompass the whole world.