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Title: The poetics and politics of Ovidian intertexts in Statius' Thebaid
Author: Spinelli, Tommaso
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 8173
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis seeks to offer the first in-depth exploration of the extent and the significance of Ovidian intertexts in Statius' Thebaid, with particular emphasis on the ways they interact with the readers' perception of the material and sociocultural context of Flavian Rome. By studying the Thebaid's post-Ovidian treatment of the landscape (Chapter One), of the heroes (Chapter Two), and of the divine (Chapter Three), I suggest that the poem maintains the poetic and political significance of Ovid's Theban saga as a critical rewriting of the Aeneid and further develops it into a new reflection on the fissures of the Augustan foundational myths and their applicability to Flavian Rome. This exploration of the contrastive Virgilian-Ovidian intertextuality shaping the Thebaid's narratives offers new insights not only into Statius' competitive renegotiation of his relationship with both the Aeneid and the Metamorphoses, but also into the poem's sophisticated engagement with the most important social, political and religious issues of its time.
Supervisor: König, Alice ; Buckley, Emma Sponsor: University of St Andrews
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Ovid ; Statius ; Flavian ; Imperial epic ; Imperial literature ; Flavian Rome ; Intertextuality ; Material culture ; Politics ; Poetics ; Heroes ; Gods ; Landscape ; PA6697.A43S7 ; Statius, P. Papinius (Publius Papinius). Thebais ; Ovid,|d43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D.--Influence ; Rome--In literature