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Astronomical phenomena play a specific role in ancient literature to illustrate the internal chronology of the plot. It is obvious that especially poetical texts which deal with constellations and astronomical terms show a maximum of the so called poetical doctrina as – for example – can be seen in the work of Statius. The present paper thus tries to prove this thesis by analyzing the verses 692–693 of the first book of the Thebais. Therein the vanishing of the Great Bear/Big Dipper constellation seems to refer to a specific season.

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