Publius Papinius Statius

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Publius Papinius Statius (born about 40 AD, in Naples, died 96 AD) was a Roman poet. He is best known for an epic called Thebais. It has the same theme as the Seven Against Thebes, a play by Aeschylus, the fight of seven city states against Thebes. He also wrote poems for diffent occasions. These poems are known as Silvae today. They show what the life at the court of Domitian was like. Even though he is not well-known today, he was better known during his time. He also appears in the Divine comedy. Other well-known people during his time were Gaius Valerius Flaccus, Silius Italicus, Juvenal, Martial and Quintilian