Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Hardcover | October 29, 2016

byCillian OHogan

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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity offers a thematic analysis of the poetry of the late Latin poet Prudentius, focusing in particular on his descriptions of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity. Cillian O'Hogan sets Prudentius in the context of other late antique authors, including Lactantius, Jerome, Augustine, and Endelechius, and argues that the poet makes use of allusion to Augustan and early imperial Latin authors to present the late Roman landscape as one markedly altered by thearrival of Christianity, though retaining the grandeur of the pagan past. This volume examines his conception of the world as a text, his use of intertextuality to describe literary journeys, his view of the civic function of Christian martyrdom, his conception of heaven, and his attitude towardsart and architecture, combining philological and intertextual criticism with approaches drawn from the fields of book history, cultural geography, and theology to paint a fuller and richer picture of the greatest of the Christian Latin poets.

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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity offers a thematic analysis of the poetry of the late Latin poet Prudentius, focusing in particular on his descriptions of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity. Cillian O'Hogan sets Prudentius in the context of other late antique authors, including Lactantius, Jerome,...

Cillian O'Hogan is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.1 inPublished:October 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198749228

ISBN - 13:9780198749226

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reading as a journey2. Intertextual journeys3. Urban space and Roman history4. Pastoral and rural spaces5. Describing artConclusion