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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic
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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Antony Augoustakis

Abstract

This volume addresses the role of ritual representationsand religion in the epic poems of the Flavian period (ValeriusFlaccus’ Argonautica, SiliusItalicus’ Punica, and Statius’ Thebaid and the unfinished Achilleid). The broader question it seeks to answer is how we can interpret the uses that poets make of the relationship between gods and human, cults and rituals, ritual metaphors, religious activities, including for example divination (oracles, prophecy), descent to the Underworld, necromancy, the role of the seer / prophet and his identification with poetry. The collection draws on various ... More

Keywords: religion, ritual, Flavian epic, Valerius Flaccus, Silius Italicus, Statius, gods, humans, prophecy, death, Underworld, female

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644094
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Augoustakis, editor
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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