Critical Responses To The Thebaid
Despite its popularity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Thebaid's reputation suffered in 19th and early 20th century scholarship. Scholars of that era considered Statius "derivative" and unoriginal and criticized his seemingly positive view of Domitian's regime. In the late 20th century, scholars have attempted to rehabilitate Statius; a series of new translations have been accompanied by a slew of studies (see bibliography) which seek to bring Statius back into the classical cannon.
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