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Statius & the Thebaid

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Statius & the Thebaid, by David Vessey. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1973.

A critical study of Statius' Thebaid, Dr Vessey combats the common notion that the Thebaid is simply an exercise in anachronism, an episodic narrative of the Theban saga. He shows that the poem can and indeed must be read as an elaborate and sustained allegory of the emotions - a study in the extremes of human behaviour. Within this interpretation those features of the epic which have seemed bizarre or superfluous to many critics fall into place as organic and necessary to the poet's purpose. We can moreover see why Statius enjoyed such esteem and influence among writers like Dante, Chaucer and Spenser. Dr Vessey succeeds in situating Statius in both the ancient and European literary traditions; he argues that his importance in both should be recognised. His study should be valuable for classicists and for medievalists alike. (Source: Google Books)

Hardback first edition from 1973. Book is in very good condition with dust jacket also in good condition - slightly creased along the top. Few brown marks on inside covers, along with presumed name and date of previous owner written in pen. Spine perfectly intact.

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Author(s):
David Vessey
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Edition:
First edition
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Hardback
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Statius & the Thebaid

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Statius & the Thebaid, by David Vessey. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1973.

A critical study of Statius' Thebaid, Dr Vessey combats the common notion that the Thebaid is simply an exercise in anachronism, an episodic narrative of the Theban saga. He shows that the poem can and indeed must be read as an elaborate and sustained allegory of the emotions - a study in the extremes of human behaviour. Within this interpretation those features of the epic which have seemed bizarre or superfluous to many critics fall into place as organic and necessary to the poet's purpose. We can moreover see why Statius enjoyed such esteem and influence among writers like Dante, Chaucer and Spenser. Dr Vessey succeeds in situating Statius in both the ancient and European literary traditions; he argues that his importance in both should be recognised. His study should be valuable for classicists and for medievalists alike. (Source: Google Books)

Hardback first edition from 1973. Book is in very good condition with dust jacket also in good condition - slightly creased along the top. Few brown marks on inside covers, along with presumed name and date of previous owner written in pen. Spine perfectly intact.

Author(s):
David Vessey
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Statius & the Thebaid

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