2004
Volume 55 Number 3
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573

Abstract

Abstract

In this article, I analyse two specimina of imperial panegyrical poetry, addressed at persons who hold lower ranks in the imperial hierarchy than the emperor: Constantine’s son Crispus in the first quarter of the 4th century AD in Optatianus Porfyrius’ hexametric poetry, and Honorius’ cousin (and sister by adoption, as well as mother-in-law) Serena in the last quarter of the same century, praised by Claudius Claudianus in his . The analysis fits into scholarship of recent decades focusing on imperial representation, also of secondary figures in politics. It will be concluded that in each instance, even if a person in the shadow of supreme power is praised, the highest reigning emperor is still the (indirect) object of imperial praise, be it in prose or verse panegyric.

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