Prudentius on the Martyrs
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Prudentius on the Martyrs

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ISBN-13:
9780198147213
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.02.1989
Seiten:
336
Autor:
Anne-Marie Palmer
Gewicht:
581 g
Format:
216x140x22 mm
Serie:
Oxford Classical Monographs
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Prudentius was a Latin poet of the early 4th century AD in Spain. His "Peristephanon" is a collection of poems on martyrs and their deaths which Dr Palmer examines together with the poet's life, background and society investigating why the poems were written and discussing their intended audience.
Abbreviations; Introduction; The man and his poetry; Curiositas and credulity; The form and purpose of the Peristephanon; Prudentian Imitatio and Christian 'Augustanism'; 'Egregiae Animae'; Prudentius and the Imperial poets; The martyrdom of bishop Fructuosos and his deacons; The Peristephanon and its sources; Epilogue
This critical study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the Latin poet Prudentius, considered one of the greatest Christian poets of the late Antique period. Palmer examines the poet's life and society, investigates the purpose of the poems--especially the Peristephanon--and their intended audience, and discusses them in relation to both the heritage of Classical literature and to sources in contemporary martyr-literature. He shows that Prudentius, writing most of his poems at a turning point in the history of the Western Empire, accepted many aspects of secular poetry and combined them with the new ideals and forms of expression provided by Christianity and its growing literature.