Burial and Lament in Flavian Epic: Mothers, Fathers, Children

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This chapter discusses the importance of burial and lament in Flavian epic, especially in conjunction with mothers and fathers. First, I look at Silius’ Pyrene and Statius’ Psamathe as examples of bereft mothers whose death is accentuated in the narrative as a marker of upcoming events. Then I study the importance of male lament as a confirmation and consolidation of male power. The passages discussed in this chapter amply demonstrate that whereas women’s lament undermines the social structures associated with decorum, male lament confirms and consolidates male power as tyrannical and autocratic.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily in Flavian Epic
EditorsNikoletta Manioti
Place of Publication9789004324527
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMnemosyne, Supplements


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