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By Neil Bernstein

Only 4 Roman epic poems continue to exist from the Flavian interval (69-96 AD): Valerius Flaccus's Argonautica, Statius's Thebaid and Achilleid, and Silius Italicus's Punica. Neil W. Bernstein argues that those poems include depictions of kinship which are considerably varied from past epic and examines those representations within the context of the social, political, and aesthetic alterations of the early Imperial period.

The writer analyses several types of kinship, together with organic relationships, non-obligatory relationships corresponding to marriage and adoption, and the symbolic bonds of social and political allegiances, to light up the advanced ways that the Roman higher category asserted their prestige without or with noble lineage. A clean and interesting examine not just Roman poetry, however the epic culture itself, within the photo of the Ancestors is vital interpreting for classicists and literary historians.

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