Claudian the Poet

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 22, 2018 - History
This comprehensive reassessment of the carmina maiora of the fourth-century poet Claudian contributes to the growing trend to recognize that Late Antique poets should be approached as just that: poets. Its methodology is developed from that of Michael Roberts' seminal The Jeweled Style. It analyzes Claudian's poetics and use of story telling to argue that the creation of a story world in which Stilicho, his patron, becomes an epic hero, and the barbarians are giants threatening both the borders of Rome and the order of the very universe is designed to convince his audience of a world-view in which it is only the Roman general who stands between them and cosmic chaos. The book also argues that Claudian uses the same techniques to promote the message that Honorius, young hero though he may seem, is not yet fit to rule, and that Stilicho's rightful position remains as his regent.
 

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Contents

Heroes Monsters and the Universe
33
The Universe Ready to be Destabilized IV Cons
71
Monsters Ready to Destabilize the Universe c m 53 Gig Gr
93
The Hero Keeping the Universe Stable and Restoring
123
Not Quite the Hero IV Cons Fesc Epith
147
The Deceitful Poet Rapt Epith Get VI Cons Eut
179
Conclusion
208
Bibliography
215
Index Locorum
232
Index
239
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Clare Coombe is Head of Classics at The Oratory School, Reading and retains a research interest in Late Antique and Early Christian Latin poetry.

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