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Reading Fear in Flavian Epic

Emotion, Power, and Stoicism

Dalida Agri

Reading Fear in Flavian Epic

Reading Fear in Flavian Epic

Emotion, Power, and Stoicism

Reading Fear in Flavian Epic

 

Explores the textual representations of fear and its cognate emotions (anger, envy, and hatred) in Flavian epic through the ancient framework of Stoic thought on emotion, with a focus on Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Statius' Thebaid, and Silius Italicus' Punica.


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Beschrijving Reading Fear in Flavian Epic

This book examines the textual representations of emotions, fear in particular, through the lens of Stoic thought and their impact on depictions of power, gender, and agency. It first draws attention to the role and significance of fear, and cognate emotions, in the tyrant's psyche, and then goes on to explore how these emotions, in turn, shape the wider narratives. The focus is on the lengthy epics of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Statius'
Thebaid, and Silius Italicus' Punica. All three poems are obsessed with men in power with no power over themselves, a marked concern that carries a strong Senecan fingerprint. Seneca's influence on post-Neronian epic can be felt beyond his plays. His Epistles and other prose works prove particularly illuminating for each of
the poet's gendered treatment of the relationship between power and emotion. By adopting a Roman Stoic perspective, both philosophical and cultural, this study brings together a cluster of major ideas to draw meaningful connections and unlock new readings.


ISBN
9780192859303
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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