Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 January 2021

Describing Art

Describing Art

(p.133) 5 Describing Art
Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Cillian O’Hogan

Oxford University Press

Prudentius expresses considerable unease about the appropriateness of paintings at martyr sites as a reliable means of conveying information about the cult of the saints. He attempts to control the ambiguity of images in Peristephanon 9 and 11 by giving verbal descriptions of the martyrdoms of Cassian and Hippolytus. In the accounts of the churches set up in honour of Eulalia, Hippolytus, and Peter and Paul, Prudentius alludes to earlier descriptions of highly ornate palaces and buildings in order to call into question the appropriateness of such elaborate structures in a religion that prizes humility and that cherishes the poor.

Keywords:   art, wealth, Peristephanon, idolatry, martyrdom

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .