Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xxxvii

Publius Papinius Statius lived from approximately a.d. 45 to 96. He was favored by the emperor Domitian, during a reign that degenerated into despotism. Although Rome was still pagan, Statius composed his epic in a period of religious fervor, within a few years of the Christian Gospels, the letters of Saint Paul...

The THEBAID

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1 Exile

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pp. 1-26

Invocation. Oedipus curses his sons, Eteocles and Polynices, and invokes the fury Tisiphone, who brings civil unrest to Thebes. Jupiter decrees the harsh fate of Argos and Thebes. Juno protests. Mercury descends. Polynices and Tydeus refuse...

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2 Ambush

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pp. 27-53

The ghost of Laius. Celebration of Bacchus at Thebes. Eteocles’ nightmare. Marriage negotiations in Argos. Weddings of Argia and Deipyle. An evil omen. The fatal necklace of Harmonia. Polynices frets about exile. Tydeus insults Eteocles, who...

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3 Omens

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pp. 54-81

Eteocles dreams. Maeon returns, alone. Thebes mourns the slaughter. The horror of Ide. Aletes remembers other Theban disasters. Jove calls for war. Venus intercedes with Mars. Return of Tydeus to Argos. The evil augury of Amphiaraus. Thebes...

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4 Thirst

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pp. 82-113

The seven against Thebes: Adrastus, Polynices, Tydeus, Hippomedon, Capaneus, Amphiaraus, and Parthenopaeus. Eriphyle receives Argia’s jewels. Atalanta pleads with her son. A woman seized by Bacchic frenzy warns Thebes to prepare. Eteocles...

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5 Women of Lemnos

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pp. 114-140

The women of Lemnos fail to worship Venus and the men prefer war. The frenzy of Polyxo. Hypsipyle saves her father Thoas, son of Bacchus. The Argonauts arrive. Jason abandons Hypsipyle. Bacchus saves her. Pirates sell her. She nurses...

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6 Funeral Games

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pp. 141-174

The Argives found the Nemean games in honor of the infant Archemorus. The mourning of King Lycurgus and his wife Eurydice. Two funeral pyres. The parade of figures from the history of Argos. The chariot race won by Amphiaraus...

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7 Earth Opens

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pp. 175-203

Jupiter sends Mercury to the house of Mars. Adrastus addresses the shade of Archemorus. Panic in Thebes. Bacchus appeals to Jupiter. Eteocles prepares Thebes for war. Catalog of Theban allies and champions (Creon and his sons Haemon...

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8 Savage Hunger

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pp. 204-231

Amphiaraus in hell. Pluto’s complaint. Mourning among the Argives. Celebration in Thebes. Oedipus emerges. Thiodamas, the new seer, conducts an empty funeral for Amphiaraus. The seven gates of Thebes. Hypseus kills Menalcas. Other deaths...

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9 Tide and Time

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pp. 232-264

Disgust with Tydeus. Reactions of Eteocles and Polynices. Hippomedon protects the body of Tydeus until Tisiphone interferes. Hypseus, the Theban champion. The death of Crenaeus, son of the river nymph, infuriates Ismenos, who floods and...

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10 Sacrifices

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pp. 264-297

Eteocles directs the city’s guards. In Argos the women pray. The House of Sleep. Thebans slaughtered. Hopleus and Dymas die retrieving the bodies of Tydeus and Parthenopaeus. Thebes assaulted. Tiresias calls for a sacrifice. Descent of Virtue. Suicide of...

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11 Piety

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pp. 298-325

Capaneus lies dead. Thebans counterattack. Megaera assists Tisiphone. Argia’s e≈gy prompts Polynices. Eteocles sacrifices, rebukes Creon. Jocasta berates Eteocles. Antigone addresses Polynices from the walls. Adrastus departs. Piety descends, in vain...

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12 Clemency

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pp. 326-354

The aftermath of battle. The funeral pyre of Menoeceus. Creon’s decree. From Argos the mourning women travel toward Thebes. Ornytus warns them away, suggesting they ask Theseus and the Athenians for assistance. Argia finds her husband’s body, meets...

Notes

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pp. 355-376

Selected Proper Names

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pp. 377-380

Selected Annotated Bibliography

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pp. 381-384

Acknowledgments

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pp. 385-386