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U P I T E R angered at the Belays of the Grecian x, Army, sends Mercury to Mars to command him to forward the War. The Temple of that Deity is describedThen follows AdrastusV Speech over the Sepulchre of Archemorus. Mars, by Means of Terror, incites the Grecians to resume their March to Thebes. Bacchus intercedes for his native City with Jupiter, who pacifies him with Promises of a Respite. The Theban Troops and Auxiliaries are drawn out to Battle. Phorbas [gives an; Account of the Commanders of them to Antigone, who ascends one of the Towers for that Purpose. Eteocles harangues his Army. The Greeks are terrified with several Omens in their Route to Thebes. Jocatta with her two Daughters ventures into the Enemies Camp, in order to bring about a Reconciliation hetween the two Brothers, which she had effected, had not the Greeks killed two Tigers belonging to Bacchus. Hostilities commencing, several of Note are stain on both Sides. Amphiaraus, after a great Slaughter of the Enemy, is swallowed up by an Earthquake, with an Account of whith Prodigy the Book ends.
Indigkant now, th' etherial King survey'd
To the great Author of the Shock addrest
His just Complaint. To Maia's winged Son
In awful Tone th' Almighty thus begun.
v. i. Indignant noiu] Statius has here manifested his Belies of one supreme Almighty Being, whom he introduces with a Dignity and Superiority suiting his Character and Nature. There is a Nobleness in this Description, that would not have disgraced Firgil himself; and the stupendous Effects of the Nod are finely imagined. But after all, he seems more desirous of making this Deity formidable than amiable. He is just, but his Justice is not tempered with Mercy. We find him the Author of all the Blood shed between the two Nations; he listens to the Imprecations ofOedipus, and thinking Mars too dilatory, fends Mercury to him a second Time to rouse him to Battle by Dint of Threats.
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