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Statius In The Silvae

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In the Silvae, Statius tells us enough about himself to enable us to draw up a rudimentary biography. This chapter wishes to take a more literary approach, not using the Silvae as a source for biographical information, but examining Statius' self-presentation as part of the utterance of his poems. A brief but valuable survey of Statius' various personae in the Silvae has been given by Alex Hardie, and the author's own contribution claims nothing else for itself than being more systematic and comprehensive, although the price for that, inevitably, is a certain length. The chapter discusses poems for the emperor separately from those for non-imperial addressees, and in the latter group organise the author's discussion according to the main speech act represented by the poem (consolation, congratulation, etc.).

Keywords: Silvae; Statius



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