Eutropius as an oriental

Building the invective with references to orient in the first book of Claudian’s In Eutropium

Authors

  • Tomasz Babnis Jagiellonian University, Krakow

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12797/CC.23.2020.23.01

Keywords:

Claudian, Eutropius, Roman invective, Eastern Roman Empire, Eunuchs, Ancient stereotypes

Abstract

Eutropius, eunuch who became the consul of the Roman Empire in 399 AD under Arcadius, is a villain of Claudius Claudian’s invective In Eutropium. Argumentation in this piece is based on many negative topoi employed in the earlier Roman poetry. In doing this, the poet makes a particular use of stereotypes connected with the East, by dint of which he can attribute these features to the Eastern Roman Empire (epitomised by Eutropius) and – at the same time – to show that the right Roman virtues are fostered in the Western Roman Empire, controlled by the poet’s patron, Stilicho.

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2021-08-06

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Babnis, T. “Eutropius As an Oriental: Building the Invective With References to Orient in the First Book of Claudian’s In Eutropium”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 23, Aug. 2021, pp. 7-23, doi:10.12797/CC.23.2020.23.01.

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