Claudian's in Eutropium, Or, How, When, and Why to Slander a by Jacqueline Long

By Jacqueline Long

From A.D. 395 to 404, Claudian was once the court docket poet of the Western Roman Empire, governed by way of Honorius. In 399 the eunuch Eutropius, the grand chamberlain and gear in 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 common, Stilicho, to redeem this shame to Roman honor. during this literary and old research, Jacqueline lengthy argues that the poem used to be, in either rationale and impression, 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 overdue vintage interval. moreover, she demonstrates that the poem is a useful, if biased, resource of old information regarding Eutropius's profession. Her research attracts on glossy propaganda conception and on reader reaction concept, thereby bringing a clean standpoint to the political implications of Claudian's work.A UNC Press Enduring variation -- UNC Press Enduring variations use the most recent in electronic know-how to make on hand back books from our unusual backlist that have been formerly out of print. those versions are released unaltered from the unique, and are provided in reasonable paperback codecs, bringing readers either historic and cultural price.

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48 44. 231-33; Mazzarino 1942, 264-68 = 1990, 191-94; Seeck 1913, 282-91; and further discussion in Chap. I. 45. 566. 46. 113-15. Symm. Ep. 5 reporting the Senate's vote to Stilicho emphasizes the order's concerns for "ancestral custom" and for the grain supply to Rome; cf. , Commento storico al Libro IV dell'epistolario di Q. Aurelio Simmaco, Biblioteca di Studi Antichi 55 (Pisa: Giardini Editori e Stampatori, 1987), 42-44. On senatorial conservatism more generally, especially as reflected in Symmachus's letters, Matthews 1974, 68-80, 86-88; McGeachy 1942, 30-41; on senatorial concern for Rome, Matthews 1975,12-31.

C. on behalf of Octavian, the urgent mission is adumbrated only obliquely. Horace unleashes no political vituperation. 3. At the same time, the various stages of travel link up a virtuoso display of satiric episodes. 27 He fully equates stylistic with moral criticism; morality potentially comprehends capacity to rule, which forms the point of departure for Satire 4. 28 Persius consistently resolves issues at the universally applicable level of the individual soul. When he touches on an imperial event expressly, it is incidental (Sat.

They do not block perception of the author's innovations; they rather supply a provisional model in terms of which the new composition can be apprehended. 2 The model finally arrived at also broadens the basis on which to understand how elements function within the whole. 1. See generally Fowler 1982, who underlined the points that follow. 2. Thus I treat genre as producing associations that inform the process of reading, not as excluding possibilities; generic criticism does not have to fall into the restrictive traps Duncan F.

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