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By Jacqueline Long

ISBN-10: 0807822639

ISBN-13: 9780807822630

From A.D. 395 to 404, Claudian used to be the courtroom poet of the Western Roman Empire, governed by way of Honorius. In 399 the eunuch Eutropius, the grand chamberlain and tool at the back of the jap Roman throne of Honorius's brother Arcadius, grew to become 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 research, Jacqueline lengthy argues that the poem used to be, in either purpose and influence, political propaganda: Claudian exploited conventional prejudices opposed to eunuchs to make Eutropius seem 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 historic information regarding Eutropius's profession. Her research attracts on glossy propaganda thought 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 versions use the most recent in electronic expertise to make on hand back books from our wonderful backlist that have been formerly out of print. those variants are released unaltered from the unique, and are awarded in reasonable paperback codecs, bringing readers either historic and cultural worth.

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This invasion of authority doubtless roused suspicions of Stilicho's ambitions in the East, perhaps even more so since he withdrew without definitely defeating Alaric. 43 This promotion of the erstwhile enemy roused converse resentment in the West, as Claudian illustrates (Eutr. 214-20). 39. The dates and functions of the two books of Ruf. are treated more fully in Chap. 5. On Stilicho's campaigns against Alaric in 395 and 397, see Heather 1991, 199-206; Alan Cameron 1970, 156-80, 474-77. 40. Soz.

Imperial unity is certainly an element of Theodosius's injunction, but entrusting the care for it to a single subject goes far beyond the pious hope that the empire may not be divided. " 38. Claud. Ruf. 336-439; Socr. 3-7; Soz. 2-3; Philost. 17-23 Bidez and Winkelmann); Zos. 5-6; Joh. Ant. fr. 190 init. 39 Rufinus was succeeded in influence over Arcadius, however, not by Stilicho but by an imperial chamberlain, the eunuch Eutropius. 40 He remained at Constantinople thereafter. Zosimus reports an entertaining story of his intrigues against Rufinus (Zos.

Ruf. 336-439; Socr. 3-7; Soz. 2-3; Philost. 17-23 Bidez and Winkelmann); Zos. 5-6; Joh. Ant. fr. 190 init. 39 Rufinus was succeeded in influence over Arcadius, however, not by Stilicho but by an imperial chamberlain, the eunuch Eutropius. 40 He remained at Constantinople thereafter. Zosimus reports an entertaining story of his intrigues against Rufinus (Zos. 3). 41 Eutropius persuaded Arcadius to marry her instead. He prepared the festivities. Rufinus knew nothing of Arcadius's changed designs until the wedding procession stopped at Promotus's son's house instead of his own.

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