Statius' "Silvae", 32 occasional poems, were written probably between 89 and 96 AD. Here the poet congratulates friends, consoles mourners, offers thanks, admires a monument or artistic object, or describes a memorable scene. The verse is light in touch, with a distinct picture quality. Statius gives us in these impromptu poems clear images of Domitian's Rome. Statius was raised in the Greek cultural milieu of the Bay of Naples, and his Greek literary education lends a sophisticated veneer to his ornamental verse. The role of the emperor and the imperial circle in determining taste is another readily apparent influence: the figure of the emperor Domitian permeates these poems.
|Utgitt||2003||Forfatter||Publius Papinius Statius|
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
|Antall sider||448||Dimensjoner||11,4cm x 17cm x 2,5cm|
|Vekt||318 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
|Andre medvirkende||D. R. Shackleton Bailey||Emner og form||Poetry by individual poets|