Apparitions in Roman Imperial epic
Rayburn, Jane Inez
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This study investigates the significance of ghosts in three Roman Imperial epics – Lucan’s Bellum Civile, Statius’ Thebaid, and Silius Italicus’ Punica. By examining apparitions specific to one time period and genre, this project shows how these certain apparitions follow a specific diction pattern and fulfill the role of prophet and, subsequently, how they acquire their literary authority for prophecy. As a result, I will argue that apparitions in Imperial epic are vehicles for socio-political commentary.