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Claudian (Claudius Claudianus), circa 370–404 CE, probably a native of Greek-speaking Alexandria, came to Italy as a young man no later than 394 CE, where he first gained access to the Christian Anicii family (in Rome), and then to the court of Honorius, the Christian ruler of the western Roman Empire (first in Milan and from 402 CE in Ravenna), to hold the rank of tribunus et notarius (“tribune and imperial secretary”).

Claudian composed an impressive series of longer Latin poems in dactylic hexameters (carmina maiora; some have prefaces…

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Döpp, Siegmar, “Claudian”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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