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The Thebaid

The Thebaid, or Seven Against Thebes, by the ancient Roman poet Statius, tells the story of the war between Polynices and Eteocles, the sons of Oedipus, for control of the Greek city of Thebes.

The fame of this epic lasted through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. C. S. Lewis wrote a famous essay in 1932 titled “Dante’s Statius,” in which he discussed why Dante made Statius his guide through the realm of Purgatory in his Divine Comedy.

The war for Thebes is nothing less than the war for the human soul.