The Uncertainties of Claudian's 'De Raptu Proserpinae'

Parkes, Ruth (2021) The Uncertainties of Claudian's 'De Raptu Proserpinae'. American Journal of Philology, 142 (2). pp. 319-341. ISSN 1086-3168

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This article explores uncertainty in Claudian’s late Antique Latin epic, the 'De Raptu Proserpinae'. It first focusses upon the areas of artistic provisionality, rhetorical inconsistency, and indeterminacy, and then compares and contrasts Claudian’s political poetry. It suggests that the mythological 'De Raptu' can be read as an acknowledgment of, and detached reflection upon, the uncertainties Claudian would have been familiar with as one involved in politics and as a client poet.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: late antique Latin epic Claudian political poetry classical philology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ruth Parkes
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 12:25
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 13:58

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