De Raptu Prosperpinae by Claudian

De Raptu Prosperpinae

EditorClaudian, Claire Gruzelier

Hardcover | September 1, 1994

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Claudian was one of the last great Latin poets of the classical tradition, writing in the fourth century AD. J. B. Hall has already produced two editions of his poem De Raptu Proserpinae which deal exhaustively with the complicated manuscript traditions of the work. But he self-confessedlyleaves aside literary questions which are the subject of this commentary. With the current upsurge of research into late antiquity, Claudian is of great interest as one of the foremost poets of the age who has been undeservedly neglected as a creative artist with an immense knowledge of classicalliterature and a distinctive literary style. His works have been mined for what they can tell us about the history of the late fourth-early fifth century AD, as he largely wrote political propaganda for members of the court circle, but the De Raptu Proserpinae is fascinating for the longest glimpseof him working with subject matter of more personal choice. In addition to the commentary, the book includes a text designed to simplify Hall's apparatus, and a translation to make the work more accessible to non-specialists.

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Claire Gruzelier is at Cambridge.

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Title:De Raptu ProsperpinaeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198147775

ISBN - 13:9780198147770

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'a long overdue and most welcome addition to the stock of critical writing on late antique literature ... Gruzelier offers readers a no-nonsense introduction, a well-chosen and independent-minded text, a remarkably user-friendly apparatus, a straightforward translation, and, above all, wellover two hundred pages of accurate and helpful notes ... the book is splendidly produced (and meticulously proof-read).'Michael Dewar, University of Calgary, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 4.4 (1993)