The Classical Quarterly (New Series)


The Arms of Capaneus: Statius, Thebaid 4.165–77*

S. J. Harrisona1

a1 Corpus Christi College, Oxford

The lack of a separate commentary on the fourth book of Statius' Thebaid has meant that many significant details in this description of Capaneus in the catalogue of the Seven have gone unremarked. This article aims to fill the deficiency, pointing out the rich literary allusions, artful symbolism and the careful use of language in this well written passage.


* My thanks to the referee for CQ for many helpful comments.