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Paulinus Noster: Self and Symbols in the Letters of Paulinus of Nola

Catherine Conybeare


The heart of this book is a reading of the letters of Paulinus of Nola, aristocratic convert to Christianity of the late fourth‐century, and his correspondents, most notably St Augustine of Hippo. We begin with an analysis of letter writing in late antiquity; we investigate the letters as traces of fuller historical events, emphasize the importance of the letter carriers, and conclude that the letters have a sacramental function. The notion of spiritual community created and sustained by the letters is explored through discussions of Christian friendship, and of the patterns of imagistic thoug ... More

Keywords: Augustine, community, friendship, imagery, letter collections, letter carriers, letters, letter writing, Paulinus, self, spiritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Conybeare, author
University of Manchester
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