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Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy$
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Alan Cameron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190268947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190268947.001.0001

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(p.113) 5 Claudian
Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

The chapter reprints an early article arguing that Claudian was the propagandist for the general Stilicho. Claudian was an Egyptian Greek, who left his native province to win fame and fortune with the aid of his sharp wits and ready pen. He appears to have used his skills to propagate patent falsehoods about Stilicho’s claim to rule as a regent after Theodosius’s death. Claudian pointedly used Greek mythology to elaborate his praise of Stilicho and Honorius. The chapter provides an account of Claudian’s representation of the war against Gildo, a treacherous African chieftain who had been appointed count of Africa by Theodosius.

Keywords:   Claudian, poetry as propaganda, Stilicho, Greek mythology, Gildo

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