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Claudian (lat. Claudius Claudianus) was a Roman poet, who worked for Emperor Honorius and the latter's general Stilicho.A Greek-speaking (probably pagan) citizen of Alexandria, Claudian arrived in Rome before 395, and made his mark with a eulogy of his two young patrons, Probinus and Olybrius, thereby becoming court poet. He wrote a number of panegyrics on the consulship of his patrons, praise poems for the deeds of Stilicho, and invectives directed at Stilicho's rivals in the Eastern court of Arcadius. These efforts resulted with such gifts as the honor of the rank of vir illustris, a statue, and a rich bride selected by Stilicho's wife, Serena.

Despite his Greek origins, Claudian wrote in Latin and is one of the best late users of the language in poetry. Critics consider Claudian a good poet, if not absolutely first-rate. He is elegant, tells a story well, and his polemical passages are occasionally unmatchable in sheer entertaining vitriol; but his writing is tainted by preciousness, a flaw of the literature of his time, and his being extraordinarily cold and unfeeling.

From a historical standpoint, Claudian's poetry is a valuable, however distorted, primary source for his period. Since his poems do not record the achievements of Stilicho after 404, scholars assume he died in that year. The historical or political poems connected with Stilicho have a separate manuscript tradition to the rest of his work, and this is believed to indicate that they were published as a separate collection, perhaps by Stilicho himself after Claudian's death.

His most important non-political work is an unfinished epic, De raptu Proserpinae, whose three extant books are believed to have been written in 395 and 397.

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Total Books: 10
Claudian De Raptu Proserpinae
2004 - Claudian De Raptu Proserpinae [Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780521609302
ISBN-10: 0521609305
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Panegyricus de Sexto Consulatu Honorii Augusti
1997 - Panegyricus De Sexto Consulatu Honorii Augusti (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780198149644
ISBN-10: 0198149646
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De Raptu Prosperpinae
1993 - De Raptu Prosperpinae [Oxford Classical Monographs] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780198147770
ISBN-10: 0198147775
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1976 - Dunciad Other Matters [Popeiana] (Hardcover)
Claudian De Raptu Proserpinae
1970 - Claudian De Raptu Proserpinae [Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780521074421
ISBN-10: 0521074428
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Claudian
1922 - Claudian [Lcl 135 V001] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674991507
ISBN-10: 0674991508
Genre: Substores
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Claudian
1922 - Claudian [Loeb Classical Library, No 136] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674991514
ISBN-10: 0674991516
Genre: Substores
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Works v 1
Works V 1 [Loeb Classical Library] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780434991358
ISBN-10: 043499135X
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Works
Works (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780434991365
ISBN-10: 0434991368
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Rape of Proserpine
Rape of Proserpine [English Reprints] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780853233923
ISBN-10: 0853233926
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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