The blending of Christian material with Greek and Roman thought is exactly what I wish to examine. I believe that Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde provides a signal illustration of this blending. Chaucer uses excerpts from the Roman poet Publius Papinius Statius' Thebaid to establish a pagan-based, pessimistic, fatalistic vision of human fate for his poem. From this background emerges the character of Troilus who struggles with the Christian concepts of destiny (or predestination) and free will.
© 1995 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
"Chaucer's Use of Statius' Thebaid in the Troilus,"
Draftings In: Vol. 8:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol8/iss1/7