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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity$
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Cillian O'Hogan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749226.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity
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Cillian O’Hogan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749226.003.0001

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. The book includes study of Prudentius’ early readers, allusion (both to the Bible and to Augustan Latin poetry), the civic purpose of some of the poems, pastoral and bucolic, and ekphrasis. The introduction outlines the structure of the book and the main arguments pursued. It also contains a survey of recent scholarship on Prudentius and on late antique literary culture, with particular attention being paid to research on literary geography in late antiquity.

Keywords:   Prudentius, geography, late antique literature, landscape, intertextuality

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