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Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic

Antony Augoustakis


While interest in the poets of the Flavian period has been steadily growing, the role of women in the epic poems of Silius Italicus and Statius has so far remained understudied. This book offers the studies of the role of motherhood and female foreign otherness in the Punica and the Thebaid. The book argues that the juxtaposition of Roman and foreign women as mothers expands our awareness of the poems' scope in relation to gender and ethnicity. By drawing on the theoretical apparatus of Julia Kristeva on motherhood and otherness, the book shows how the Flavian poets construct an idealized disc ... More

Keywords: Silius Italicus, Punica, Statius, Thebaid, Julia Kristeva, motherhood, otherness, romanness, centre, periphery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Augoustakis, author
Associate Professor of Classics, Baylor University
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