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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic$
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Antony Augoustakis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.001.0001

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Epitaphic Gestures in Statius and Silius Italicus

Epitaphic Gestures in Statius and Silius Italicus

(p.267) 15 Epitaphic Gestures in Statius and Silius Italicus
Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Martin T. Dinter

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of epitaph, that is, actual funerary inscriptions, as well as the epitaphic subgenre of literary epigram, on the epics of Statius and Silius. It proposes that brief formulaic expressions such as the epitaphic address tuquoque serve as intergeneric (epic/epigram) and intermedial (text/stone) markers and thus promote a connotation of memorialisation. In addition, these markers are frequently combined with epitaphic motifs. By looking at the deaths of minor and major heroes from this perspective, this chapter illustrates the use of epitaphic gestures by Statius and Silius.

Keywords:   Statius, Silius Italicus, epigram, epitaph, intergeneric, intermedial, gesture

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