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By Charles McNelis

This research specializes in ways that Statius' epic Thebaid, a poem concerning the civil conflict among Oedipus' sons Eteocles and Polynices, displays the subject matter of inner discord in its narrative techniques. even as that Statius reworks the Homeric and Virgilian epic traditions, he engages with Hellenistic poetic beliefs as exemplified by way of Callimachus and the Roman Callimachean poets, specifically Ovid. the result's a rigidity among the impulse in the direction of the common expectancies of conflict and the need for hold up and postponement of such clash. finally, Statius adheres to the mythic paradigm of the mutual fratricide, yet he keeps to hire competing concepts that decision recognition to the fictive nature of any undertaking of closure and conciliation. within the method, the poem bargains a brand new mode of epic closure that emphasises person technique of solution.

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