Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid

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At the end of the Thebaid, Statius enjoins his epic 'not to compete with the divine Aeneid but rather to follow at a distance and always revere its footprints'. The nature of the Thebaid's interaction with the Aeneid is, however, a matter of debate. This 2007 book argues that the Thebaid reworks themes, scenes, and ideas from Virgil in order to show that the Aeneid's representation of monarchy is inadequate. It also demonstrates how the Thebaid's fascination with horror, spectacle, and unspeakable violence is tied to Statius' critique of the moral and political virtues at the heart of the Aeneid. Professor Ganiban offers both a way to interpret the Thebaid and a largely sequential reading of the poem.

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Review of the hardback: 'Ganiban sympathetically demonstrates that Statius consistently turns the apparently smothering power of the model to his own advantage. … succeeds in putting Statius back on the map, restoring a sense of his great power as a flamboyant poet of sin and redemption.' The Times Literary Supplement

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Statius' Thebaid tells the tale of the curse Oedipus places on his sons and the fratricidal war that results. In this 2007 book, Professor Ganiban offers a reading of the epic and explores the degree to which it is engaged in a dialogue with the ideas and poetry of Virgil's Aeneid.

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