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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity
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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Cillian O'Hogan

Abstract

This book takes a thematic approach to the poetry of the late Latin poet Prudentius, focusing in particular on his descriptions of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity. It is argued 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 the arrival of Christianity, though retaining the grandeur of the pagan past. Prudentius is set in the context of other late antique authors, including Lactantius, Jerome, Augustine, and Endelechius. Examined in particular are Prudentius’ conception of ... More

Keywords: Prudentius, landscape, Latin literature, late antiquity, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749226.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cillian O'Hogan, author
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia