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Title: The role of kingship in Statius' Thebaid
Author: Hulls, J.-M.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis analyses Statius' Thebaid and the relationship it creates with VirgiVs Aeneid and the emperor Domitian. The poem constructs itself as a competing source of authority, both poetic and ideological. The poem aims to supersede Virgil's masterpiece as a poetic authority whilst providing Domitian with imperial, and in particular, regal ideology. The thesis examines three key qualities, virtus pietas and dementia in this regard, showing the manner in which Virgilian and Augustan interpretations are undermined and new understandings of these ideas are provided for Domitian's principate. The thesis then examines the role tyranny and tyrannical behaviour plays in the poem. The Thebaid portrays tyranny in unusual ways and promotes surprising responses to tyrannical rule. Throughout the poem, Statius is working to provide his audience, especially Domitian, with an educational framework for understanding models of kingship Domitian should learn from the negative examples the Thebaid provides. Statius uses the Thebaid as a step in a poetic oeuvre whose design is nothing less than to make the poet himself powerful by becoming the poetic voice on which his emperor depends.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.719049  DOI: Not available
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