Iconography
LITERATURE
Ancient
StatiusThebaid CyclesLondon, British Library, Burney MS 257 (Paris, first quarter 15th century)
StatiusThebaid Book X: In the night after the battle the Argives attack the sleeping Thebans in their camp, battle at the walls of Thebesvv. 598-615: At Tiresias's oracle a snake appears in the smoke, the seer realises that Mars demands a human sacrifice
StatiusThebaid Book X: In the night after the battle the Argives attack the sleeping Thebans in their camp, battle at the walls of Thebesvv. 616-627: Creon realises that Mars demands the death of his son Menoeceus
StatiusThebaid Book X: In the night after the battle the Argives attack the sleeping Thebans in their camp, battle at the walls of Thebesvv. 661-673: Virtus, in the guise of Manto, appears to Menoeceus and tells him that he has to seek death to rescue Thebes
SECULAR ICONOGRAPHY
Virtues and Vices
Virtues Virtue (general)
Further details
In the text, only Creon hears the prophecy and mourns where Virtue, in the guise of Tiresias's daughter Manto, appears later to Menoeceus alone - here both scenes are conflated
ARTIST/CREATOR
Paris
DATE
1st quarter 15th century possibly c1405
LOCATION
London, British Library → Burney 257, fol. 169v
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Statius (Publius Papinius Statius)Thebaid
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