Statius: Achilleid (Classic Editions)

Statius: Achilleid (Classic Editions)

by O. A. W. Dilke

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Statius' Achilleid is perhaps the most remarkable of all Latin epic poems. Its project - to tell the whole life of Achilles - was cut short by the poet's untimely death. Yet the existing first book and the earliest part of the second have a charm and freshness matched only in some of Ovid's most lively and engaging work. The poem tells how the sea-nymph Thetis, in a vain attempt to save her son from his destined end in the Trojan war, hid him on the island of Scyros, disguised as a girl. There he fell in love with the beautiful Deidamia but at the same time with the idea of glory in war. His feminine disguise was eventually penetrated by Ulysses and Diomedes who tricked him into exposure of his truly warlike aspirations. In relating this story Statius explores the nature of gender and the limits of the epic genre, while playfully and wittily positioning himself in the epic, and wider, poetic tradition. These themes are explored in a new introduction, which surveys the latest research on the poem. Its assessment, very much in the modern critical manner, contrasts with and complements the traditional textual and philological commentary by Dilke. The combination of these two distinct approaches will assist undergraduates and postgraduates in reading the text; and, at the same time, it will provide a valuable resource for the more advanced scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904675112
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press - Classic Editions Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to New Edition
    Statius and the Achilleid
    Selected Bibliography
Original Preface
Original Introduction
1. Life of Statius
2. Date of the Composition of the Achilleid
3. Theme of the Achilleid
4. Synopsis
5. Sources
6. Language and Style
7. Grammar and Syntax
8. Character-drawing
9. Influence of Statius
10. Manuscripts
11. Bibliography
The Text
    Book I
    Book II


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