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A ritual reading of the Coroebus episode in Statius' Thebaid

Tim Noens (UGent)
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This article seeks to offer an alternative approach to the story of Apollo and Coroebus, narrated by king Adrastus, in the first book of Statius’ Thebaid. Further building on a recent tendency in Flavian scholarship, this analysis will read the tale as if Statius, from the start, presents the narrative through the character of Adrastus: as a (part of a) ritual. Relying on the anthropological theories of Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner, it will be argued that a religious pattern underlies the king’s story, which contains a dynamic of consecutive rites. More specifically, the narrative will be considered as a threefold repetition of an abstract scheme in which a condition of fertility is followed by a death/disruption that must be resolved by an act of reconciliation/sacrifice.
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Thebaid, Coroebus episode, Statius, ritual, Victor Turner, Arnold van Gennep

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Noens, Tim. “A Ritual Reading of the Coroebus Episode in Statius’ Thebaid.” Ed. Fabrizio Serra. QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA 111.3 (2015): 125–148. Print.
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Noens, T. (2015). A ritual reading of the Coroebus episode in Statius’ Thebaid. (F. Serra, Ed.)QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA, 111(3), 125–148.
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Noens, Tim. 2015. “A Ritual Reading of the Coroebus Episode in Statius’ Thebaid.” Ed. Fabrizio Serra. Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica 111 (3): 125–148.
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Noens, Tim. 2015. “A Ritual Reading of the Coroebus Episode in Statius’ Thebaid.” Ed. Fabrizio Serra. Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica 111 (3): 125–148.
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Noens T. A ritual reading of the Coroebus episode in Statius’ Thebaid. Serra F, editor. QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA. Pisa, Rome: Libra, Fabrizio Serra editore; 2015;111(3):125–48.
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T. Noens, “A ritual reading of the Coroebus episode in Statius’ Thebaid,” QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA, vol. 111, no. 3, pp. 125–148, 2015.
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