Mythographical and Literary Notes on the Catalogs of Argive and Theban Allies in Statius' Thebaid

Academic Article


  • This article argues, in a series of discrete but interconnected notes, that Statius engages consistently and consciously with mythographical works—prose collections and exegesis on myth as myth—in the creation of his two major catalogs in theThebaid, the catalog of Argive allies at 4.1-344 and that of Theban allies at 7.243-373. Both are patently based on Homer’s ‘Catalog of Ships’, but Statius reshapes his model by engaging ingeniously with mythographical and geographical works in prose to invent a unique pre-Iliadiclandscape. This paper also explores some of the literary ways in which Statius reinvents Homer’s catalog, including offering his readers mythological puzzles that require knowledge both of Homer’s text and subsequent scholarship thereon.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 2017
  • Keywords

  • Catalog of Ships
  • Homer
  • Mythography
  • Statius
  • ancient scholarship
  • geography
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 240
  • End Page

  • 261
  • Volume

  • 70
  • Issue

  • 2