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    Thebaid: A Song of Thebes (Masters of Latin Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Publius Papinius Statius, Translated by Jane Wilson Joyce, Foreword by Patricia Fogden, Foreword by Michael Fogden, Foreword by Edward Wilson

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    DescriptionThe Thebaid, a Latin epic in twelve books by Statius (c. 45 96 C. E.) reexamines events following the abdication of Oedipus, focusing on the civil war between the brothers Eteocles, King of Thebes, and Polynices, who comes at the head of an army from Argos to claim his share of royal power. The poem is long each of the twelve books comprises over eight hundred lines and complex, and it exploits a broad range of literary works, both Greek and Latin. Severely curtailed though he was by the emperor Domitian and his Reign of Terror, Statius nevertheless created a meditation on autocratic rule that is still of political interest today.Popular in its own time and much admired in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance most notably by Dante and Chaucer the poem fell into obscurity and has, for readers of English, been poorly served by translators. Statius composed his poem in dactylic hexameters, the supreme verse form in antiquity. In his hands, this venerable line is flexible, capable of subtle emphases and dramatic shifts in tempo; it is an expressive, responsive medium. In this new and long-awaited translation the poet Jane Wilson Joyce employs a loose, six-beat line in her English translation, which allows her to reveal something of the original rhythm and of the interplay between sentence structure and verse framework.The clarity of Joyce's translation highlights the poem's superb versification, sophisticated use of intertextuality, and bold formal experimentation and innovation. A substantial introduction and annotations make this epic accessible to students of all levels."

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    A Song of Thebes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Publius Papinius Statius, Translated by Jane Wilson Joyce, Foreword by Patricia Fogden, Foreword by Michael Fogden, Foreword by Edward Wilson
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 799 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801482854
    ISBN 10: 0801482852

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    23 October 2008
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    "Our generation has developed such an appetite for violence and horror that it is more than ready to appreciate Statius' Thebaid. Thanks to Jane Wilson Joyce, a poet in her own right, we now have a rich and vivid translation that matches the pace and urgency of Statius' narrative: his gods are vindictive, his demons gruesome, his champions brutal, while brave and innocent young warriors meet their deaths and loving women grieve for them. Statius' imaginative power and Joyce's language set before us in passionate variety scenes of human hatred and loyalty, arrogance and exaltation, supernatural omens, ghosts and furies, and a fratricidal climax that drives the gods from the battlefield in sheer disgust. How lucky for readers that Jane Wilson Joyce is also a scholar! She has doubled the value of her work by supplying everything the reader needs to follow the heroic tale, a substantial introduction on Statius' life and times, synopses to open each book, footnotes, and a lively critical commentary." Elaine Fantham, Giger Professor of Latin Emerita, Princeton University"