De Reditu Suo Sive Iter Gallicum: Querolus

De Reditu Suo Sive Iter Gallicum: Querolus

by Rutilius Namatianus

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ISBN-13: 9781469952338
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/22/2012
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

The author is a native of southern Gaul (Toulouse or perhaps Poitiers), and belonged, like Sidonius Apollinaris, to one of the great governing families of the Gallic provinces. His father, whom he calls Lachanius, had held high offices in Italy and at the imperial court, had been governor of Tuscia (Etruria and Umbria), then imperial treasurer (comes sacrarum largitionum), imperial recorder (quaestor), and governor of the capital itself (praefectus urbi) in 414.

Rutilius boasts his career to have been no less distinguished than his father's, and particularly indicates that he had been secretary of state (magister officiorum) and governor of the capital (praefectus urbi). After reaching manhood, he passed through the tempestuous period between the death of Theodosius I (395), and the fall of the usurper Priscus Attalus near the date when his poem was written. He witnessed the chequered career of Stilicho as de facto, though not in title, emperor of the West; he saw the hosts of Radagaisus rolled back from Italy, only to sweep over Gaul and Spain; the defeats and triumphs of Alaric I; the three sieges and final sack of Rome, followed by the miraculous recovery of the city; Herodian's vast armament dissipated; and the fall of seven pretenders to the Western throne.

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