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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic$
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Antony Augoustakis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.001.0001

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Orphic Ritual and Myth in the Thebaid

Orphic Ritual and Myth in the Thebaid

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(p.319) 18 Orphic Ritual and Myth in the Thebaid
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Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic
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Christopher Chinn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0019

This chapter examines Statius’ use of Orphic myth and ritual in the Thebaid. Statius employs a series of allusions to the Orphic theogonythat lays emphasis on the Cretan story of Zeus’ birth. Statius is particularly interested in the role played by the Greek daimones in this story. Curetic rituals of dancing and enthronement are especially in evidence. All of theseOrphic references may be seen to be connected with the intentions of Jupiter and Vulcan to bring about the destruction of both Argos and Thebes. At various points in the Thebaid, characters evoke the Cretan tale in one way or another, and thus align themselves with, or oppose themselves to, the dominant narrative interests of Jupiter and Vulcan.

Keywords:   Statius, Thebaid, Orphic myth, Orphic ritual, Crete, Zeus, Greek daimones, dancing, enthronement, Jupiter, Vulcan

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