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From A.D. 395 to 404, Claudian was once the court docket poet of the Western Roman Empire, governed through Honorius. In 399 the eunuch Eutropius, the grand chamberlain and gear at the back of the japanese Roman throne of Honorius's brother Arcadius, turned 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 ancient examine, Jacqueline lengthy argues that the poem was once, in either reason and impression, 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 old interval. moreover, she demonstrates that the poem is a useful, if biased, resource of ancient information regarding Eutropius's profession. Her research attracts on smooth propaganda conception and on reader reaction thought, thereby bringing a clean viewpoint to the political implications of Claudian's work.A UNC Press Enduring variation -- UNC Press Enduring variations use the newest in electronic know-how to make to be had back books from our individual backlist that have been formerly out of print. those variants are released unaltered from the unique, and are offered in reasonable paperback codecs, bringing readers either old and cultural worth.

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H. Smith, On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), 14-40. I quote Smith's definition of natural discourse from 15 and paraphrase her definition of fictive discourse from 24-25, 28. I emphasize the reader's collaboration in the fiction a little more sharply than Smith; Guilhamet did not address the issue. 39. Koster 1980, 353, emphasized historical concreteness as the essence of invective. 40. Cf. M. Theod. 265-69; Eutr. 122-32; Stil.

He abhors the intemperance and unreasonableness of his targets, but he himself exhibits much worse as he intemperately decries them. Given these inconsistencies, a morally suspect Satirist may well undercut his own raillery at the vice of the world. But even when he does, doubts about the character's sincerity and self-knowledge broach ethical questions. The expressed moral purpose supplies a moral frame for any response. Arguably, the author provokes more profound examination of the Satirist than of his ostensible targets.

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. 7-8, quoted in Chap. 6. 41. 750-51. 42. Heather 1991, 202. 43. See Demandt 1970, 730. 44 In the autumn he declared that he owed allegiance to Arcadius in Constantinople rather than to Honorius, and cut the West off entirely.

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