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Silvae

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Statius' "Silvae," thirty-two occasional poems, were written probably between 89 and 96 CE Here the poet congratulates friends, consoles mourners, offers thanks, admires a monument or artistic object, 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.

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by LOEB (first published January 1st 1844)
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STATIUS (Rome AD50 – 96)
Sylvae
Poems composed from around AD 89 to 96.
I just recently read JUVENAL’s satires and unintentionally came to read Statius just afterward. Interesting to note that the two were contemporaries, with Juvenal a little younger.
While JUVENAL’s Satires are of a very aggressive, almost vulgar, extremely critical style,
STATIUS’s poems are quite the contrary, he did not criticize the ruling upper class but glorified them instead.
His odes and poems for occasions like weddings or
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Evan Leach
The Silvae is a collection of occasional poetry, i.e., a series of poems composed to commemorate specific occasions. The traditional career path for a Roman poet (as exemplified by Virgil and Ovid) was to start one’s career with this sort of lighter fare. Then, after making a name for yourself, you could graduate to epic and compose your magnum opus. Statius went the opposite way, releasing the Silvae after he completed The Thebaid: Seven against Thebes.

The collection is divided into five books,
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