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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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(p.165) Conclusion
Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Cillian O’Hogan

Oxford University Press

The conclusion provides a brief and succinct summary of the main themes, arguments, and findings of the book. The first two chapters explored the theme of travel in Prudentius’ poetry, from the view of both character and reader. The third and fourth chapters demonstrated Prudentius’ innovation in how he describes urban and rural locations, and the final chapter examined the poet’s description of works of art. Throughout the book, two major themes have recurred: a tendency towards abstraction and away from lived experience on the part of the poet, and his concern about the reliability of the senses and the possibility of coming close to a true understanding of the nature of the divine.

Keywords:   Prudentius, late antique literature, landscape, bibliographic imagination, poetry, Christianity

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