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Publius Papinius Statius ("Stace")

 

Two fyres on the auter gan she beete,
And dide hir thynges, as men may biholde
In Stace of Thebes and thise bookes olde. (KnT I.2292-94)

Statius was born about 45 A.D. and died about 96 A.D.; He was the author of the Thebaid, of an incomplete epic of Achilles, and of the Silvae, a collection of occasional poems. His Thebaid, the epic of the struggle of Oedipus' sons, the story of "The Seven Against Thebes," was his most popular work in the Middle Ages, perhaps especially because of what modern critics have regarded as a weakness: "Statius is distinguished among his contemporaries by skill and imagination, but suffers from the tendancy of the time to make great display of learning and rhetorical ornament."
From Oskar Seyffert, , A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1891), most useful resource.
For an edition of Statius' works see:
  • Statius, with an English translation by J.H. Mozley. Cambridge, Mass. Loeb classical library. 1928-1955. 2 vols. [PA6156.S8 1928x]. The very useful site