Greek Mythology in Statius: Dante, Harold Bloom, and the Limitations of Political Psychology

Authors

  • Marko Marinčič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/keria.12.1.189-215

Keywords:

Roman literature, Latin literature, Roman poetry, Roman epics, literary criticism, political psychology

Abstract

This essay compares Dante’s literary invention of Statius as a covert Christian, and his interpretation of the Greek mythology of the Thebaid as a symptom of religious hypocrisy, with Bloomian approaches to Flavian epic, reading the Purgatory as an artistically powerful psychogram of ‘Silver’ Latin literature. As a dialectical alternative to that approach, the example of the unfinished Achilleid is used to question the value of political psychology as a tool of literary history.

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Published

24.07.2010

How to Cite

Marinčič, Marko. 2010. “Greek Mythology in Statius: Dante, Harold Bloom, and the Limitations of Political Psychology”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 12 (1):189-215. https://doi.org/10.4312/keria.12.1.189-215.

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Scholarly Articles