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Battle Narrative In Statius, Thebaid

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Battle narrative is difficult. The story of the Seven against Thebes offered Statius the chance to narrate battle at the various gates. This chapter examines various techniques of battle narrative in the Thebaid. It considers the topic under various headings: first of all, density of coverage, and then narrative strategies and devices which are employed by the poet, including what one might loosely refer to as Roman or anachronistic intrusions into the poet's presentation of warfare. There are of course many features which Statius has in common with Homer and Virgil in the presentation of battle, and it would certainly be possible to document such aspects in the same way in which scholars such as Willcock and Horsfall have written about Virgil, for example.

Keywords: battle narrative; Statius; Thebes



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