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Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity

Poetry, Visual Culture, and the Cult of Martyrs

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Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity by Paula Hershkowitz
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This book provides an innovative approach to the Hispano-Roman Christian poet Prudentius and his poetry. It is a breakthrough in Prudentian scholarship which unifies the differing disciplines of history, archaeology, literature and art history in arguing that Prudentius and his envisaged Spanish audience cannot be fully understood in isolation from their environment in late fourth- and early fifth-century Spain. Paula Hershkowitz focuses on Prudentius' Peristephanon, his collection of verses celebrating the deaths of martyrs, and places these poems within the context of Prudentius' world, uniquely employing material, visual and textual remains as evidence for its religious, social and cultural affiliations. It also draws on this material evidence to contextualise Prudentius' awareness of the significance of the visual as a means of promoting beliefs against the background of this crucial formative period in religious history when many of his Spanish audience were not yet fully committed to the Christian faith.

Author Biography

Paula Hershkowitz is an independent scholar who gained a doctorate in late Roman history from Birkbeck, University of London.
Release date NZ
January 5th, 2017
Pages
266
Illustrations
29 b/w illus. 1 map
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Dimensions
174x247x18
ISBN-13
9781107149601
Product ID
26801972

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