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Statius (c. 45–c. 96 A.D.)

Statius, Publius Papinius (stā’shi-us). A Roman poet; born at Naples about 45 A.D.; died there, about 96 A.D. His chief work is ‘The Thebaid,’ an epic poem in twelve books, dealing with the struggle between the brothers Eteocles and Polynices of Thebes. His epic ‘Achilleis’ is incomplete. His ‘Silvas,’ a series of occasional stanzas, are 32 in number, extending to nearly 4,000 lines, and are deemed his most pleasing work. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).