Publius Papinius Statius, Silvae

Adam Marshall (Trinity College Dublin)
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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,


1-3 or Ovid,

Epistulae ex Ponto

1-3 which were each published as a single set), convincing arguments have been made for separate publication of each book. If this is correct, Books 1-3 would have been published in 92,…

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Citation: Marshall, Adam . "Silvae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 November 2013 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

34670 Silvae 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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