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Displaced Persons
The Literature of Exile from Cicero to Boethius
Jo-Marie Claassen

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
William Aylward, Nicholas D. Cahill, and Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Series Editors

The first thorough examination of exile in Roman literature

Exile is a political act involving loss of power. Five authors—Cicero, Ovid, Seneca the Younger, Dio Chrysostomus, and Anicius Manlius Boethius—all exiled from Rome, are examined in this fascinating study of the depiction of exile. Although separated from the first four by several centuries, Boethius has an intellectual, circumstantial, and spiritual affinity with them. Jo-Marie Claassen explores the various means of literary sublimation that individual exiles found for the feeling of social and political isolation that they experienced.

Displaced Persons is the first book to adopt an analytical approach to the literature of exile through to the virtual end of the Classical era. It will appeal to all those interested in Roman life and literature, and in the moving phenomenon of exile.


Jo-Marie Claassen was, when this book was published, associate professor in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She has published numerous articles on Ovid, Cicero, exile in the ancient world, and the teaching of Classics.




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August 1999
LC: 99-029892 PA
360 pp.   6 x 9


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