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Female characterisation in the epic poetry of P Papinius Statius

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dc.contributor.author Jorge DP en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:26Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:26Z
dc.date.created 1988 en
dc.date.submitted 1990 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53642
dc.description.abstract Evaluates female characterisation in the Thebaid and Achilleid of Publius Papinius Statius. Because Statius' poetry observes the ancient literary convention of imitatio, the examination first examines the treatment of these myths before Statius. Although there is no precise literary precedent for the Achilleid, various possible Greek and Roman sources for the Thebaid are discussed. The study identifies the influence of the Aeneid on Statius' techniques of characterisation and assesses his usage of Virgilian style and phraseology. An equally significant contribution to Statius' presentation of women is made by Ovidian poetry. In analysing the presentation of heroines and goddesses in the Thebaid, little attempt is made to divine a method or spirit of characterisation common to both poems. Rather, the contrast between the portrayal of female personality in the two epics emphasises the different tone of each: the distinctly comic tone of the Achilleid is reflected in the light-hearted portrayal of the three main characters, while the tragic atmosphere of the Thebaid is reflected in the intense portrayal of the chief female characters. An attempt is made to set Statius' treatment of his female characters against the prevailing attitudes and sociocultural norms of his day. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Latin literature en
dc.subject Poetry en
dc.title Female characterisation in the epic poetry of P Papinius Statius en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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