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The New Consul and the Eagles of Jupiter: Poetics and Propaganda in Claudian's Preface to the Panegyric for Mallius Theodorus

Título de la revista: PHILOLOGUS
ISSN: 0031-7985
Volumen: 165
Número: 2
Páginas: 273 - 294
Fecha de publicación: 2021
This article proposes an interpretation of Claudian's preface to his Panegyric for Mallius Theodorus that places the poem in the communicative context of its recitation and in the literary frame of the panegyric. An analysis of the political messages in both poems, the panegyric and its brief ,paratext', reveals that the preface consistently uses the myth of the two eagles of Jupiter to indicate symbolically that the new consul is still upholding ,genuine' Hellenic culture in the West. This interpretation illustrates how Claudian's poems for the new consul of 399 assume the Greek cultural heritage to be a part of the Roman identity and that they play a significant role in the poet's agenda between 397-400, by progressively unveiling the anti-Byzantinism of the Western court.