The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil In The Mind Of Augustine by Sabine MacCormackThe Shadows of Poetry: Vergil In The Mind Of Augustine by Sabine MacCormack

The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil In The Mind Of Augustine

bySabine MacCormack

Hardcover | June 30, 1998

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Imperial ceremony was a vital form of self-expression for late antique society. Sabine MacCormack examines the ceremonies of imperial arrivals, funerals, and coronations from the late third to the late sixth centuries A.D., as manifest in the official literature and art of the time. Her study offers us new insights into the exercise of power and into the social, political, and cultural significance of religious change during the Christianization of the Roman world.

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Sabine G. MacCormack is Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Title:The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil In The Mind Of AugustineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:273 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:June 30, 1998Publisher:University of California Press

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ISBN - 10:0520211871

ISBN - 13:9780520211872

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If the making of the Latin Middle Ages could be captured in a single dialogue, the encounter between Vergil (70-19 B.C.), the greatest Roman poet, and Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 356-430), teacher of rhetoric and Christian bishop, would aptly illustrate the historical moment. Augustine's reckoning with the complex cultural legacy of Vergil is reflected in a splendid array of influential texts, including his early philosophical dialogues, the Confessiones, and the prose epic De civitate dei. Throughout his long life, Augustine returned to Vergil as one of a handful of authors who defined what was worth understanding and why, and he used Vergil in formulating many of his own arguments. In The Shadows of Poetry, Sabine MacCormack deftly captures the intellectual and religious encounter between Augustine and Vergil. She opens a door not merely on the formation and content of Augustine's ideas, but also on the meaning of Vergil's poetry at a time of political and religious change.

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"This is a book which will become essential reading for specialists of its subject, and which could provide intellectual stimulation to a considerably wider readership."--W. Liebeschuetz, "History