Statius (Papinius Publius Statius)
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Publius Papinius Statius was born at Naples between AD 40 and 50 and died c. AD 96. The son of a teacher, Statius was well-versed in Greek and Latin literature. He experienced success in poetry contests and recitations at Rome and was admitted into the inner circle at the court of the emperor Domitian. He wrote the Silvae (Silv.), a five-book collection of occasional poems, and an epic poem the Thebaid (Theb.) that tells the story of the struggle between Theban and Argive forces that followed the …

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Scioli, Emma and Van Dam, Harm-Jan, “Statius (Papinius Publius Statius)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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