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Short Description for Thebaid Counted by many as one of Rome's finest achievements in poetry, the "Thebaid" tells the story of the war between the sons of Oedipus for the throne of Thebes. This edition includes a summary of the poem and notes on the text.
- Published: 01 October 1992
- Format: Hardback 428 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198147824 ISBN 10: 0198147821
Full description for Thebaid
This is a new translation of the Thebaid of Publius Papinius Statius, an epic poem in twelve books, completed in about AD 90. The Thebaid has been thought by many to stand second only to Virgil among Latin narrative poems. Its theme is the war between Eteocles and Polynices, sons of Oedipus, for the throne of Thebes. Rich in incident and always dramatic in tone, it unfolds a panorama of human ambition and violence, triumph and catastrophe. Though remaining within the Homeric and Virgilian tradition, it achieves its own power and vitality in thought, language, and description. Held in high esteem and widely imitated in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Thebaid of Statius is not only a masterpiece of poetry but a compelling story, at times horrifying, noble, and pathetic, of humankind bound by the power of Fate.