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The Transvestite Achilles

The Transvestite Achilles
Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid

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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521851459

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  • As we follow Achilles' metamorphosis from wild boy to demure girl to lover to hero, Statius brilliantly illustrates a series of contrasting codes of behavior: male and female, epic and elegiac. This first full-length study of the poem addresses not only the narrative itself, but also sets the myth of Achilles on Scyros within a broad interpretive framework. The exploration ranges from the reception of the Achilleid in Baroque opera to the anthropological parallels that have emerged to explain Achilles' transvestism.

    • Provides the first book-length study of Statius' unfinished epic, the Achilleid
    • Constructs a broad interpretive framework for the unusual myth of Achilles on Scyros
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach of interest to students of Latin literature, myth, gender in antiquity and Baroque opera
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Heslin's analysis convincingly shows that Statius skillfully employs the literary past to revisit familiar questions and to offer new insights. In the process, Heslin reveals a coherently intriguing and interesting Achilleid." - Charles McNelis, Georgetown University, Classical World

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521851459
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Opening nights at the opera 1641–1741
    2. The design of the Achilleid
    3. Womanhood, rhetoric, and performance
    4. Semivir, Semifer, Semideus
    5. Transvestism in myth and ritual
    6. Rape, repetition, and romance
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    P. J. Heslin, University of Durham
    P. J. Heslin is a lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham.

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