De Raptu Proserpinae

De Raptu Proserpinae

De Raptu Proserpinae

De Raptu Proserpinae

Synopsis

Claudian was one of the last great Latin poets of the classical tradition, writing in the fourth century A.D. This simplified text of his poem, De Raptu Prosperpinae, has a facing-page translation to make the work more accessible to non-specialists. This book sets Claudian in his rightful place as a distinctive creative writer of late antiquity with the roots of the whole classical tradition before him. In addition to an incisive commentary, the book includes a text designed to simplify Hall's apparatus.

Excerpt

My book began life as an Oxford D.Phil. thesis, and I should like to thank the Committee of the Oxford Classical Monographs for accepting it in its revised form as part of this series. A small part of the commentary has already been used as the basis of an article I have previously written: Temporal and Timeless in Claudian's De raptu Proserpinae, Greece and Rome, 35/1 (Apr. 1988), 56-72. I should also like to acknowledge here my great debt to J. B. Hall editions of the De raptu Proserpinae, both that of the single poem (Cambridge, 1969) and that included in the Teubner edition of Claudian's complete works (Leipzig, 1985). Hall's interests, however, are primarily textual and he does not deal with the literary questions which are the basic concern of this work.

My principal obligation throughout my work on Claudian has been to my dear supervisor, Professor R. G. M. Nisbet, without whose fine scholarship, humanity, and unfailing help and encouragement this book would never have been written. I should also like to express my appreciation for the suggestions of Professors M. D. Reeve and J. B. Hall, who have looked over the typescript; the training given to me by the Department of Classics in Auckland, New Zealand; the financial assistance supplied so generously during my three years of research by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the British Council; the hard work done with me in the production of this book by Hilary O'Shea, Lucy Gasson, John Was, and other members of the Oxford University Press; and lastly, the support of the best and dearest of husbands, and the morning sleeps of my daughter, during which much literary activity has taken place!

C. G.

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