Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon by Gerard O'DalyDays Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon by Gerard O'Daly

Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon

byGerard O'Daly

Hardcover | August 5, 2012

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Prudentius is often considered the greatest Latin poet of late antiquity. In this volume, O'Daly looks at Prudentius' lyric poems, the Cathemerinon, Poems for the Day, which were published early in the fifth century AD. Reflecting the religious concerns of the increasingly Christianizedwestern Roman Empire in the age of the emperor Theodosius and Ambrose of Milan, the Cathemerinon are above all the writings of a private person, and of the ways in which his religious beliefs colour his everyday life. They speak of bird-song and morning light, they are about about the taking offood, about lighting lamps as dark sets in, and about the night's sleep. Rich in biblical themes and narratives, images and symbols (including paradise and the Fall, Exodus, Jonah, Daniel, and the Magi), they also celebrate Christ's miracles and the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. However, while they exploit the themes of the Bible, they are also written in the classical metres of Latin poetry and make use of its vocabulary and metaphors. They achieve a remarkable creative tension between the two worlds that determined Prudentius' culture: the beliefs and practices, sacredbooks, and doctrines of Christianity; and the traditions, poetry, and ideas of the Greeks and Romans. A good part of the attractiveness of these poems comes from the interplay between these two worlds. The volume includes the Latin texts, English translations, and critical essays on each of the twelve poems.
Gerard O'Daly is Emeritus Professor of Latin at University College London. His research has focused on literature and ideas in late antiquity and he has written books on Plotinus, Augustine, and Boethius, before turning more recently to Latin poetry of the fourth and fifth centuries AD.
Title:Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' CathemerinonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:August 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199263957

ISBN - 13:9780199263950


Table of Contents

Abbreviations and CitationsIntroduction1. Before Dawn (Cath. 1)2. Morning (Cath. 2)3. Before Taking Food (Cath. 3)4. Postprandial (Cath. 4)5. The Lighting of the Lamps (Cath. 5)6. Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Cath. 6)7. Fasting (Cath. 7)8. After the Fast (Cath. 8)9. Song for All Seasons (Cath. 9)10. The Burial of the Dead (Cath. 10)11. Christmas (Cath. 11)12. Wise Men and Innocents (Cath. 12)13. AfterlifeAppendix: The PraefatioBibliographyIndex of Selected Passages CitedGeneral Index