Claudian Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Haasse, Hella S. Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth-Century Rome. 1964. Translated by Anita Miller and Nini Blinstrub. Chicago: Academy Chicago Pubs., 1997, 255p.

Historical novel, originally published in Dutch, that speculates on Claudian's life and the possibility that he was Jewish.


Barnes, T. D. “Claudian and the Notitia Dignitatum.Phoenix 32, No. 1 (1978): 81-82.

Explains how Claudian can be used to confirm the date of compilation of the Notitia Dignitatum.

Cameron, Alan. “Notes on Claudian's Invectives.” The Classical Quarterly) 62, No. 2 (November 1968): 387-411.

Exegetical and critical notes for various passages from In Rufinum.

———. “Claudian.” In Latin Literature of the Fourth Century, edited by J. W. Binns, pp. 134-59. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974.

Contends that Claudian's political poems reflected the changing political situation of his times, mirroring the changes in Stilicho's policies.

Christiansen, Peder G. “Claudian versus the Opposition.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 97 (1966): 45-54.

Argues that Claudian's defense of Stilicho in De Bello Getico indicates the existence of opposition to Stilicho's regency.

———.The Use of Images by Claudius Claudianus. The Hague: Mouton & Co. N.V., Publishers, 1969, 140p.

Explores Claudian's use of imagery to support his political ideas.

———. “Claudian and Eternal Rome.” Antiquité Classique 40 (1971): 670-74.

Contends that Claudian's seemingly contradictory views of Rome were actually consistent with reality and that he never lost faith in its future.

Dewar, Michael. An introduction to Claudian: “Panegyricvs de Sexto Consvlatv Honorii Avgvsti,” edited by Michael Dewar, pp. xvii-lvii. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Includes account of Alaric's first invasion of Italy and its treatment by Claudian.

Dilke. O. A. W. Claudian: Poet of Declining Empire and Morals. Leeds: Leeds University Press, 1969, 19p.

Stresses aspects of Claudian's work that he believes hold special relevance to the modern reader.

Gruzelier, Claire. An introduction to Claudian: “De Raptv Proserpinae,” edited by Claire Gruzelier, pp. xvii-xxxi. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Examines problems with dating De Raptu Proserpinae and discusses Claudian's literary qualities.

Hall, J. B. An introduction to Claudian: “De Raptu Proserpinae,” edited by J. B. Hall, pp. 1-114. London: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

Includes definitive catalogue of manuscripts. An excerpt from this work is included above.

Levy, Harry L. Claudian's “In Rufinum”: An Exegetical Commentary. Cleveland: American Philological Association, 1971, 332p.

Critical explanation for scholars, using Levy's 1935 translation as text.