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The Thebaid

Seven against Thebes

Συγγραφέας: Statius Publius Papinius
Εκδότης: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801869082
Σειρά βιβλίου: Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 432
Προτεινόμενη Ηλικία: From 17
Διαστάσεις: 23x4x15
Γλώσσα Γραφής: English & Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2004

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Thebaid"

A classical epic of fratricide and war, the Thebaid retells the legendary conflict between the sons of Oedipus-Polynices and Eteocles-for control of the city of Thebes. The Latin poet Statius reworks a familiar story from Greek myth, dramatized long before by Aeschylus in his tragedy Seven against Thebes. Statius chose his subject well: the Rome of his day, ruled by the emperor Domitian, was not too distant from the civil wars that had threatened the survival of the empire. Published in 92 A.D., the Thebaid was an immediate success, and its fame grew in succeeding centuries. It reached its peak of popularity in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, influencing Dante, Chaucer, and perhaps Shakespeare. In recent times, however, it has received perhaps less attention than it deserves, in large part because there has been no accessible, dynamic translation of the work into English. Charles Stanley Ross offers a compelling version of the Thebaid rendered into forceful, 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 marred previous translations. His translation reinvigorates the Thebaid as a whole: its meditative first half and its violent second half; its intimate portrayal of defeat and 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' life. And in a helpful series of notes, he offers background information on the major characters and incidents.

Συγγραφέας/εις: Statius Publius Papinius
Σειρά βιβλίου: Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
ISBN: 9780801869082
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 22/12/2004
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 432
Γλώσσα βιβλίου: English & Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Προτεινόμενη ηλικία: From 17
Συντελεστές: Translated by: Charles Stanley Ross 1949- Assistant Head Purdue University
Τόπος έκδοσης: Baltimore, MD
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 726 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x4x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: No


Introduction The Thebaid 1. Exile 2. Ambush 3. Omens 4. Thirst 5. Women of Lemnos 6. Funeral Games 7. Earth Opens 8. Savage Hunter 9. Tide and Time 10. Sacrifices 11. Piety 12. Clemency Notes Selected Proper Names Selected Annotated Bibliography Acknowledgments

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