Statius' Silvae and the poetics of empire

Carole E. Newlands

Statius' Silvae, written late in the reign of Domitian (AD 81-96), are a new kind of poetry that confronts the challenge of imperial majesty or private wealth by new poetic strategies and forms. As poems of praise, they delight in poetic excess whether they honour the emperor or the poet's friends. Yet extravagant speech is also capacious speech. It functions as a strategy for conveying the wealth and grandeur of villas, statues and precious works of art as well as the complex emotions aroused by the material and political culture of empire. The Silvae are the product of a divided, self-fashioning voice. Statius was born in Naples of non-aristocratic parents. His position as outsider to the culture he celebrates gives him a unique perspective on it. The Silvae are poems of anxiety as well as praise, expressive of the tensions within the later period of Domitian's reign.

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[目次]

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Embodying the statue: Silvae 1.1 and 4.6
  • 3. Engendering the house: Silvae 1.2 and 3.4
  • 4. Imperial pastoral: Vopiscus' villa in Silvae 1.3
  • 5. Dominating nature: Pollio's villa in Silvae 2.2
  • 6. Reading the Thebaid: Silvae 1.5
  • 7. The Emperor's Saturnalia: Silvae 1.6
  • 8. Dining with the emperor: Silvae 4.2
  • 9. Building the imperial highway: Silvae 4.3.

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書名 Statius' Silvae and the poetics of empire
著作者等 Newlands, Carole Elizabeth
Newlands Carole E.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 356 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 052180891X
NCID BA56740796
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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