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date: 02 December 2022


, poet, b. c. 370 ce


, poet, b. c. 370 ce
  • J. H. D. Scourfield


A native of Egypt, he came to Italy c.394 and, turning from Greek to Latin, made an immediate impact in Rome with a verse *panegyric praising his young patrons, Olybrius and Probinus, as they entered their consulship (January 395). Thereafter he became court poet under the western emperor *Honorius and his minister, *Stilicho, for whom he produced a series of panegyrics and other political poems. His efforts won him the title vir clarissimus and a statue in the *forum Traiani, the epigram on the base (CIL 6. 1710) linking him explicitly with *Homer and *Virgil. His death (c.404) is generally inferred from his silence in the face of Stilicho’s subsequent achievements.Claudian wrote consular panegyrics for Honorius in 396, 398, and 404, *Mallius Theodorus in 399, and Stilicho in 400. Honorius’ marriage to Stilicho’s daughter Maria in 398 was celebrated with four *Fescennina and an *epithalamium.


  • Latin Literature

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