The mentions of the Sebasta in Statius’ Silvae show the relevant role played by public games and spectacles in Flavian Rome – especially during Domitian’s reign –, as a consequence of the fast and unstoppable ‘hellenization’ of imperial power. Statius’ literary example does also confirm how Rome, thanks to the political and military power, has managed to replace Greece as a reference model also in the field of public games. Although literary or rhetorical schemes, Statius’ poetry is also a precious testimony of the classical tradition of Naples as a Greek city, therefore a learned city able to compete in cultural terms with the city of Rome.

Tra Roma e la Grecia: poesia, agoni e propaganda a Napoli in età flavia.

C. Buongiovanni
2022

Abstract

The mentions of the Sebasta in Statius’ Silvae show the relevant role played by public games and spectacles in Flavian Rome – especially during Domitian’s reign –, as a consequence of the fast and unstoppable ‘hellenization’ of imperial power. Statius’ literary example does also confirm how Rome, thanks to the political and military power, has managed to replace Greece as a reference model also in the field of public games. Although literary or rhetorical schemes, Statius’ poetry is also a precious testimony of the classical tradition of Naples as a Greek city, therefore a learned city able to compete in cultural terms with the city of Rome.
Buongiovanni, C.
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