Statius, PUBLIUS PAPINIUS (61-96 A.D.), Latin poet, was born at Naples, and was taught by his father, a literary man of repute. He settied in Rome, and only returned to Naples at the close of his career. His works consist of two epics, entitled respectively Thebais, in 12 books, and the unfinished Achilleis, in 2 books, and a collection of short, pieces named Silvae. These poems, and especially the latter, have been often reprinted, but they do not give Statius a very high place among the Roman writers. His adulation of Domitian has not tended to enhance his fame.