Claudian: Poetry and Propaganda at the Court of Honorius

Claudian: Poetry and Propaganda at the Court of Honorius

by Alan Cameron
     
 
As a propagandist Claudian offers unique illumination of the intrigues inside and between the rival courts of Milan and Constantinople in the decisive years following the death of Theodosius the Great. Though a Greek by birth, Claudian revived Latin poetry with a flair not seen since the Silver Age - and not to be seen again. This book studies Claudian's political and

Overview

As a propagandist Claudian offers unique illumination of the intrigues inside and between the rival courts of Milan and Constantinople in the decisive years following the death of Theodosius the Great. Though a Greek by birth, Claudian revived Latin poetry with a flair not seen since the Silver Age - and not to be seen again. This book studies Claudian's political and propagandist techniques, his accounts of Stilico's campaigns and rivals, his debt to Greek rhetorical theory and contemporary poetry, his culture, attitudes to Rome and its problems and, not least, his position as a pagan at a Christian court. An epilogue traces his influence in medieval times and on English literature. Alan Cameron is Anthon Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198143512
Publisher:
Oxbow Books Limited
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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