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Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon

Gerard O'Daly


Prudentius is arguably the greatest Latin poet of late antiquity. This book provides the Latin text, a new English verse translation, and critical reviews on each of his twelve lyric poems, the Cathemerinon, Poems for the Day, which were published early in the fifth century ad. They reflect the religious concerns of the increasingly Christianized western Roman Empire in the age of the emperor Theodosius and Ambrose of Milan, but they are above all the writings of a private person, and of the ways in which his religious beliefs colour his everyday life. Several of these poems follow the day's c ... More

Keywords: late antiquity, Latin poetry, Prudentius, Cathemerinon, biblical themes, Ambrose, symbolism, pagans and Christians, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerard O'Daly, author
Emeritus Professor of Latin, University College London