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This index of the book presents a list of terms and concepts that occur in the book Literature and Society in the Fourth Century AD: Performing Paideia, Constructing the Present, Presenting the Self. The book examines one of the poetic constructs in Claudian's works to serve as an example of how poetics can shape a political characterization: the portrayal of Stilicho. It argues that Claudian creates the character of Stilicho within the story-world of the poems so that he appears as a hero or even a god through engagement with mythological imagery; his deeds are acted out as much upon a literary and mythological plane as upon a historical or mortal one, with heroes and gods battling with monsters while the universe hangs in the balance.

Keywords: Claudian; literature; portrayal of Stilicho; society



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