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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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Intertextual Journeys

Intertextual Journeys

(p.35) 2 Intertextual Journeys
Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Cillian O’Hogan

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores the intertextual aspect of literary journeys. Late antique descriptions of journeys are as much indebted to the literary tradition as they are to ‘lived’ experience on the part of the narrator. Prudentius makes use of Vergil in the hymns to Eulalia, Hippolytus, and Cassian in the Peristephanon, in each of which he uses the Aeneid as a source-text to liken the journey of Eulalia and the pilgrim in Pe. 9 and 11 to Aeneas’ epic journey. In all these cases, intertextuality is used both as an aid to describe an unfamiliar landscape and as a means of providing a richer insight into the emotional state of the narrator or the principal character.

Keywords:   intertextuality, Vergil, Aeneid, Peristephanon, travel, allusion, martyrdom

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