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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic by…

Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

by Antony Augoustakis (Editor)

Other authors: Neil W. Bernstein (Contributor), Federica Bessone (Contributor), Christopher Chinn (Contributor), Robert Cowan (Contributor), Nicholas Dee (Contributor)14 more, Martin T. Dinter (Contributor), Marco Fucecchi (Contributor), Randall Ganiban (Contributor), Bruce Gibson (Contributor), Ann Hubert (Contributor), Alison Keith (Contributor), R. Joy Littlewood (Contributor), Helen Lovatt (Contributor), Eleni Manolaraki (Contributor), Gesine Manuwald (Contributor), Raymond Marks (Contributor), Vassiliki Panoussi (Contributor), Ruth Parkes (Contributor), Anne Tuttle (Contributor)

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The collection under review—born of a 2010 international conference—has the express purpose of broadening the discussion of the neglected area of ritual and religion in Flavian epic. After the editor’s preface and introduction, which explains the motivation for the volume, surveys the terrain, and summarizes the content, the volume is divided into three parts: Gods and Humans (chs. 1–8), Death and Ritual (chs. 9–15), and Ritual and the Female (chs. 16–19). No conclusion. The lion’s share of the discussion is devoted to Statius; however, Silius Italicus’ Punica and Valerius Flaccus’s Argonautica are well represented. The contributors, who range from established scholars in Flavian Studies to promising up-and-comers, appear to have read, considered, and where appropriate, responded with interdiscussion to other essays, which gives the volume a robust sense of cohesion and collegiality. Readers may, however, regret that cross-referencing does not provide specific page numbers. While not a problem for broader matters, this may be a slight inconvenience for tracking down specific citations (e.g., pp. 39, 85, 95, 178, and 203).

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Bernstein, Neil W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bessone, FedericaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chinn, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cowan, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dee, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Fucecchi, MarcoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lovatt, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Manolaraki, EleniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Manuwald, GesineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This edited collection addresses the role of ritual representations and religion in the epic poems of the Flavian period (69-96 CE): Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Silius Italicus' Punica, Statius' Thebaid, and the unfinished Achilleid. Drawing on various modern studies on religion and ritual, and the relationship between literature and religion in the Greco-Roman world, it explores how we can interpret the poets' use of the relationship between gods and humans, cults and rituals, religious activities, and the role of the seer / prophet and his identification with poetry.

Divided into three major sections, the volume includes essays on the most important religious activities (prophecy or augury, prayers and hymns) and the relationship between religion and political power under the Flavian emperors. It also addresses specific episodes in Flavian epic which focus on religious activities associated with the dead and the Underworld, such as purification, necromancy, katabasis, suicide, and burial. It finally explores the role of gender in ritual and religion.

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