prima dolo gaudens et tanto concita voto it Venus et raptus metitur corde futuros, iam durum flexura Chaos, iam Dite subacto ingenti famulos Manes ductura triumpho.
Inspired by these scholars' works, I shall consider Claudian's reception and deployment of classical generic poetics within the changed configurations of literary genres in the fourth century in a few selected passages of the De raptu Proserpinae.
(2) A subject of recent scholarly interest, the unfinished epic De raptu on the abduction and marriage of Proserpina stands out from Claudian's corpus as an endeavor motivated largely by his literary ambition to treat an important myth that had never been told in a separate epic.
Indeed, if the erotic discourse of elegy in De raptu intrudes upon the martial discourse of the epic a la Ovid to destabilize the authority built upon the latter, it is mediated at times through the hexameter epithalamium that serves as the generic counterpart to the mediating figure of Proserpina in the narrative.
Honorius then bursts forth with a bachelor's complaint (20-22), similar to Pluto's address to Jove (De raptu 1.93-116).
This trio of similarities compels us to consider the new genre that the fortunes of literary history seem to have forced into our reading of De raptu. Claudian was the first to imitate the genre of wedding songs in hexameter which Statius had created with the Epithalamium in Stellam et Violentillam (Silv.
(13) In the next three sections, we will see that De raptu's amatory language and sexual politics, while deriving from elegiac discourse, are pressed by the narrative into the service of marital teleology--hardly a typical focus of elegy.
Anna Morisi-Guerra, the authority on the topic, takes us through the necessary initiation: an account of the Apocalypsis Nova, "the summa of the culture of a time of crisis," with its prophecy in its fourth raptus
of the coming of a Pastor Angelicus.