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Jupiter In Thebaid 1 Again

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This chapter explores what a close and detailed analysis of Jupiter's opening speech and the build up towards it can teach us about Statius' Jupiter. The author's discussions on Thebaid 1 have concentrated on his debt to Virgil and paid less attention to detail, and to his debt to other authors, especially Ovid, than is warranted. There are two sections to this chapter. The first (1.56-87) is Oedipus' speech to Tisiphone designed to persuade her to wreak vengeance on his sons for their cruelty towards their father. The speech is bitter and intemperate, but it makes no claims to anything cosmic and is internally consistent. The second is on Jupiter's speech, also designed to bring vengeance upon Eteocles and Polynices but, as the author shall hope to show, very different indeed.

Keywords: Jupiter's speech; Oedipus' speech; Statius; Thebaid 1



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