Statius and Epic Games: Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid

Statius and Epic Games: Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid

by Helen Lovatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521847427

ISBN-13: 9780521847421

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Epic games are more than just an interlude; they reflect the realities of epic: heroism, power and war. This first major study of the athletic games in Statius' Thebaid Book 6 uses them to produce a new reading of the poem as a whole. It explores each event in Statius' games, discussing intertextual manoeuvres, historical context and poetic positioning,

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Overview

Epic games are more than just an interlude; they reflect the realities of epic: heroism, power and war. This first major study of the athletic games in Statius' Thebaid Book 6 uses them to produce a new reading of the poem as a whole. It explores each event in Statius' games, discussing intertextual manoeuvres, historical context and poetic positioning, developing a theme from each: audience power, cosmic disruption, national identity, masculinity and the body, games and war, kingship and narrative control. This book uses a close reading of one part of one text to range over ancient literature. It casts light on the tradition of games in ancient epic as a whole, examining the works of Homer, Virgil, Apollonius, Ovid and Lucan. It is essential reading for the student of Statius and of ancient epic and of interest to historians of Roman society with an interest in sport and spectacle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521847421
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The chariot race: epic games and real games; 2. The running: audiences; 3. The discus: gigantomachy; 4. The boxing: national identity; 5. The wrestling: bodies; 6. The sword fight: games and war; 7. The archery: controlling the narrative; Conclusion.

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