The Roman Self in Late Antiquity
Prudentius and the Poetics of the Soul
Mastrangelo proposes an original theory of Prudentius's allegorical poetry and establishes Prudentius as a successor to Vergil. Employing recent approaches to typology and biblical exegesis as well as the most current theories of allusion and intertextuality in Latin poetry, he interprets the meaning and influence of Prudentius's work and positions the poet as a vital author for the transmission of the classical tradition to the early modern period.
This provocative study challenges the view that poetry in the fourth century played a subordinate role to patristic prose in forging Christian Roman identity. It seeks to restore poetry to its rightful place as a crucial source for interpreting the rich cultural and intellectual life of the era.
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"This book persuasively re-evaluates Prudentius as a poet who effectively reshaped the reader's awareness of Christian self in relation to the wider Christian community . . . Students of Late Antiquity will find much of interest in this study of an ambitious poet."—Charles Witke, Journal of Late Antiquity
Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
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