[PAST EVENT] Death and Ritual in Statius’ Silvae by Professor Antonios Augoustakis

February 26, 2024
5pm - 6:30pm
Boswell Hall (formerly Morton Hall), Room 220
100 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Free food
  • Open to the public

In this presentation Prof. Augoustakis examines the role of lament in Statius’ lyric poems, the Silvae (late 1st century CE). By emphasizing the role of the father, Statius weaves a narrative in the Silvae that is different from his epic poem, the Thebaid; there grief and lamentation become a vessel for letting out the darkest side of human predisposition towards despotism. Through a different portrayal of death and lament, the Silvae present a more effective type of mourning, which, nevertheless, still pushes the limits and boundaries of decorum. Reception will follow.

Sponsored by: J. Ward Jones Memorial Lecture & Department of Classical Studies


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