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By Jacqueline Long

ISBN-10: 0807822639

ISBN-13: 9780807822630

From A.D. 395 to 404, Claudian was once the courtroom poet of the Western Roman Empire, governed by means of Honorius. In 399 the eunuch Eutropius, the grand chamberlain and gear at the back of the jap Roman throne of Honorius's brother Arcadius, turned consul. The poem In Eutropium is Claudian's brilliantly nasty reaction. In it he vilifies Eutropius and calls on Honorius's basic, Stilicho, to redeem this shame to Roman honor. during this literary and old learn, Jacqueline lengthy argues that the poem was once, in either cause and influence, political propaganda: Claudian exploited conventional prejudices opposed to eunuchs to make Eutropius look ludicrously alien to the beliefs of Roman greatness. lengthy units In Eutropium in the context of Greek and Roman political vituperation and satire from the classical to the past due vintage interval. furthermore, she demonstrates that the poem is a useful, if biased, resource of old information regarding Eutropius's occupation. Her research attracts on smooth propaganda conception and on reader reaction concept, thereby bringing a clean standpoint to the political implications of Claudian's work.A UNC Press Enduring version -- UNC Press Enduring variants use the most recent in electronic expertise to make on hand back books from our unusual backlist that have been formerly out of print. those variants are released unaltered from the unique, and are awarded in cheap paperback codecs, bringing readers either ancient and cultural worth.

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Zos. 4; Philost. 22-24 Bidez and Winkelmann). The value of Zosimus's report about Stilicho has been contested, but see Alan Cameron 1968b. Presumably Theodosius intended Stilicho to remain in charge only of the troops normally stationed in the West, and the Eastern army to return with himself. 35. Chron. Min. 245; Socr. 26; Zos. 4. Thus the Eastern army remained under Stilicho's control. Page 9 tu curis succede meis, tu pignora solus nostra fove: geminos dextra tu protege fratres. On arrival at the palace, the general bids them all depart from the building and of his own will he addresses his son-inlaw with words like these .

38. B. H. Smith, "Poetry as Fiction," New Literary History 2 (1971): 25982; rpt. in New Directions in Literary History, ed. Ralph Cohen (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974), and in B. H. Smith, On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), 14-40. I quote Smith's definition of natural discourse from 15 and paraphrase her definition of fictive discourse from 24-25, 28. I emphasize the reader's collaboration in the fiction a little more sharply than Smith; Guilhamet did not address the issue.

39 He pictures Roma begging Honorius and Stilicho not to recognize the eunuch consul (Eutr. 431-99). 40 Roma is an artistic personification, and Claudian seems to have published the poem with this 36. Guilhamet discussed basic generic criteria in his introductory chapter (1987, 1-17). 37. See particularly Richlin [1983] 1992, 59-63. 38. B. H. Smith, "Poetry as Fiction," New Literary History 2 (1971): 25982; rpt. in New Directions in Literary History, ed. Ralph Cohen (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974), and in B.

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