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Headword: Κλαυδιανός
Adler number: kappa,1707
Translated headword: Claudian, Claudianus, Klaudianos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Of Alexandria,[1] a latter-day epic poet[2]; he lived during the time of the emperors Arcadius[3] and Honorius.[4]
Greek Original:
Κλαυδιανός, Ἀλεξανδρεύς, ἐποποιὸς νεώτερος: γέγονεν ἐπὶ τῶν χρόνων Ἀρκαδίου καὶ Ὁνωρίου τῶν βασιλέων.
Notes:
c.370-404. See generally OCD(4) s.v.
[1] Supposition based on internal evidence in two epigrams: c.m. 19.3 and c.m. 22.56f.; Sidonius claims that Claudian was from Canopus but for Sidonius this is probably a poetic term for Egypt. John the Lydian calls him a "Paphlagonian" but perhaps in the Aristophanic sense of "blusterer"; see the parallel usage in Procopius, Secret History 16.7.
[2] (Ms F, Adler reports, omits 'latter-day' and indeed everything after 'epic poet'.) Claudian also composed Latin invectives, panegyrics, and occasional poetry, all in either hexameters or elegiacs. A fragment of a Greek Gigantomachy also survives. See web address 1 for texts.
[3] Flavius Arcadius, elder son of Theodosius I (theta 144); he ruled the eastern Roman Empire (383-408) -- see OCD(4) s.v. Arcadius(2).
[4] Honorius, younger brother of Arcadius: see omicron 405.
Reference:
Cameron, A. Claudian: Poetry and Propaganda at the Court of Honorius. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; geography; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: Bret Mulligan on 19 June 2003@17:18:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified notes; added keyword; cosmetics) on 20 June 2003@04:45:06.
David Whitehead (typo) on 7 September 2003@03:19:52.
Catharine Roth (changed coding) on 10 November 2003@20:34:58.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 27 February 2013@07:20:55.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 4 August 2014@06:51:44.
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