The Thebaid: Seven against Thebes

The Thebaid: Seven against Thebes

by Publius Papinius Statius, P. Papinius Statius
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801869080

ISBN-13: 9780801869082

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Charles Stanley Ross offers a compelling version of the Thebaid in assertive, modern English. Casting Statius's Latin hexameter into a lively iambic pentameter more natural to the modern ear, Ross frees the work from the archaic formality that has hampered previous translations. His translation reinvigorates the Thehaid as a whole: its meditative first half and its

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Charles Stanley Ross offers a compelling version of the Thebaid in assertive, modern English. Casting Statius's Latin hexameter into a lively iambic pentameter more natural to the modern ear, Ross frees the work from the archaic formality that has hampered previous translations. His translation reinvigorates the Thehaid as a whole: its meditative first half and its violent second half; its intimate portrayal of defeat, retribution; and the need to seek justice at any cost. In a wide-ranging introduction, Ross provides an overview of the poem: its composition, reception, and legacy; its major themes and literary influences; and its place in Statius's life. And in a helpful series of notes, he offers, background information on the major characters and incidents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801869082
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Exile     1
Ambush     27
Omens     54
Thirst     82
Women of Lemnos     114
Funeral Games     141
Earth Opens     175
Savage Hunger     204
Tide and Time     232
Sacrifices     264
Piety     298
Clemency     326
Notes     355
Selected Proper Names     377
Selected Annotated Bibliography     381
Acknowledgments     385

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