Claudian's In Eutropium, Or, How, When, and Why to Slander A Eunuch

Claudian's In Eutropium, Or, How, When, and Why to Slander A Eunuch

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From A.D. 395 to 404, Claudian was the court poet of the Western Roman Empire, ruled by Honorius. In 399 the eunuch Eutropius, the grand chamberlain and power behind the Eastern Roman throne of Honorius's brother Arcadius, became consul. The poem In Eutropium is Claudian's brilliantly nasty response. In it he vilifies Eutropius and calls on Honorius's general, Stilicho, to redeem this disgrace to Roman honor. In this literary and historical study, Jacqueline Long argues that the poem was, in both intent and effect, political propaganda: Claudian exploited traditional prejudices against.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1996
ISBN: 9780585032580
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 291 pages)


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