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Claudian (Claudius Claudianus) (klôdˈēən), c.370–c.404, last notable Latin classic poet. Probably born in Alexandria, he flourished at court under Arcadius and Honorius. Besides panegyrics, idylls, epigrams, and occasional poems, he wrote several epics, the most ambitious of which is the Rape of Proserpine, perhaps inferior to his epic attack Against Rufinus. He has been highly regarded as a vigorous, skillful, and imaginative writer.


See T. Hodgkin, Claudian, the Last of the Roman Poets (1875); study by A. Cameron (1970).

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John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it!
Two tables (pages 29 and 32) summarize the family trees of Augustus and of Vipsania, the first wife of Tiberius, summarizing the relationships between the Julio- Claudian emperors and many other major characters.
The basilica and curia, which had originally been presented as Augustan, were later assigned to the Claudian period (Alarcao et al., 1997).
Wiseman, in arguing for the historical reality of Claudia Quinta, does so on the basis of her name: the name Quinta is a common archaic praenomen for Claudian women, like its masculine equivalent Quintus, and must have been converted to a cognomen by later authors, thus adding a note of authenticity to the story (1979, 95; also note 132).
Notably, Briant's work is among those that are willing to consider poets as valuable sources of historical commentary and to include such names as Lucan and Claudian alongside Herodotus and Tacitus as respectable witnesses to the immense sweep of Persian and Parthian history.
His books and articles on late antiquity and the Middle Ages are anchored in a major edition of Claudian, while he is probably best known as a Neo-Latinist for his editions of Niccolo Perotti, although his work in this field covers poetry and metrics; lexicography and encyclopedias; philology, epistolography, commentaries, and the humanist reception of classical texts; history of paper, books, and libraries; and ancient, medieval, and modern numismatics.
I'm not referring to just lyric poets but also Homer, Virgil, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Claudian. The epic is Poetry, with a capital P.
(Parliament of Fowls, 176-82) (3) This is an instance of what Ernst Robert Curtius identifies as the "mixed forest" trope, examples of which can be found in Ovid, Statius, and Claudian. "Whether the species enumerated could all occur together in one forest," Curtius writes, "the poet does not care, and does not need to care." This kind of list, he says, "can also be considered a subspecies of the 'catalogue,' which is a fundamental poetic form that goes back to Homer and Hesiod" (Curtius 195).
But the style, he acknowledged, was highly derivative: "There was Milton's style in one part, and Cowley's in another, here the Style of Spenser imitated and there of Statius, here Homer and Virgil, and there Ovid and Claudian." (2) We will turn to the significance of some of those names in due course.
One good example was the poet Claudian who had written five such texts for celebrating the new year and the inauguration of new heads of state.