An authorized desertion. Ovid’s model in Statius’ silva 1.2
Amsterdam Classics Seminar by Gianpiero Rosati (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa).
The silva 1.2 is an epithalamium addressed by Statius to his friend Arruntius Stella, an elegiac poet, in celebration of his marriage to Violentilla. But this text is also, in my view, a sort of allegory, a meta-poetic discourse on the history of the Latin erotic elegy, and the completion of its parabola. In this perspective, a section of Statius’ text, the speech of Cupid to his mother Venus in support of Stella’s marriage choice (vv. 65-102), has an important poetic model that has until now oddly escaped the attention of scholars. This specific (anything but unique) link between Statius and Ovid sheds light on some important analogies between the two poets.
Gianpiero Rosati is professor at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.
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