Publius Papinius Statius

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Publius Papinius Statius (c.45-96 AD) was a Roman poet born in Naples, Italy.[1] Published in 92 A.D., his major epic was called Thebaid.[2] 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 different occasions. These poems are known as Silvae today.[3] 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.[4]

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  1. "Statius". Crystalinks. http://www.crystalinks.com/statius.html. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  2. "A Brief Life History of Each of the Epic Poets". University of Virginia. http://people.virginia.edu/~jdk3t/epicintrog/lives.htm. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  3. "Statius, Achilleid 1". Theoi Classical Texts Library. http://www.theoi.com/Text/StatiusAchilleid1A.html. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  4. Dante Alighieri, Baroliniano. "Purgatorio 21". Digital Dante, Commentary & Context. Columbia University. http://digitaldante.columbia.edu/dante/divine-comedy/purgatorio/purgatorio-21/. Retrieved December 13, 2016.