Publius Papinius Statius: Silvae

(1551 words)
  • Adam Marshall (Trinity College Dublin )

The Silvae were composed and published in the final decade of the first century CE under the emperor Domitian. The collection consists of 32 occasional poems organised into five books and written predominantly in the dactylic hexameter meter, although some lyric meters are also represented, particularly in Book 4, the book of greatest metrical variety (thus 1.6, 2.7, 4.3 and 4.9 are written in hendecasyllables, 4.5 is in Alcaics and 4.7 is in Sapphics). While it was once widely accepted that Books 1-3 were published as a single unit in AD 94 (along the lines of Horace, Odes 1-3 or Ovid, Epistulae ex Ponto 1-3 which were each published as a single set), convincing arguments have been …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Marshall, Adam . "Silvae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 November 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34670, accessed 30 July 2015.]