Statius (c.45–c.96), translated by Kline, A.S., (contact-email)

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Statius’ Silvae is a collection of 32 short occasional poems composed in a variety of metres. Written during the reign of Emperor Domitian, they were typically drafted quickly, capturing the immediacy of various personal and public events. These poems cover a broad spectrum of themes, including encomiums, elegies, epithalamiums, and descriptions of statues and villas. They reflect both the public and private aspects of Roman life at the time, with a particular focus on the patronage system and Statius’ relationship with Domitian. The Silvae exhibit personal emotion and intricate poetic artistry, offering a window into the socio-cultural milieu of the late first-century Roman empire.

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Kline, A.S.,

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