Publius Papinius Statius (2888 words)


Publius Papinius Statius (c. 45-96 CE) was the foremost Latin poet of the Flavian era (69-96 CE) of ancient Rome. His extant works include the Silvae, a collection of five books of occasional poems; the Thebaid, an epic in twelve books on the war at Thebes; and the Achilleid, an unfinished epic on the life of Achilles. The Thebaid is one of only two completed Latin epics (Ovid’s Metamorphoses is the other) to survive from the early Roman empire. Works by Statius no longer extant include the pantomime libretto Agave, composed for the actor Paris, known to us from a comment in Juvenal Satires 7.87. As far as can be judged from a surviving four-line fragment, an epic D…

Citation: Bernstein, Neil. "Publius Papinius Statius". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2013; last revised 29 June 2020. [, accessed 26 October 2021.]

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