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"The fluency, clarity, and immediacy of this translation make it the best available choice for teachers who wish to introduce students to a great but often neglected poet."

"Readers of Ross' translation in American verse will enjoy the flow of his English."

"This translation is the product of an ear and pen attentive to Statius's nervous, hectic, indelibly intimate portrayal of human frustration, need for requital, and dependence on violence to right the wrongly tilted scales of justice. It is a percussive work and each stroke counts. In addition, Statius is the crucial presence in the Purgatorio of Dante's Divine Comedy. Ross's translation will surely make Statius's presence there much more understandable to English-language readers. In sum, Ross has given us a truly viable, unforgettable Thebaid."