June 13, 2004

One More Way To Slander A Eunuch

The on-line catalogue of Oxbow Books advertises discounted copies of Jacqueline Long's Claudian's 'In Eutropium' or How, When and Why to Slander a Eunuch (Chapel Hill, 1996). Unfortunately, they retitle it Claudian's 'In Eutropiam', which makes the poor eunuch into a female Eutropia. Since Eutropius has been dead for sixteen centuries, this is surely an inadvertent typographical error, but it comes across as an insult worthy of Claudian himself.

Posted by Michael Hendry at June 13, 2004 03:45 PM