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Days Linked by SongPrudentius' Cathemerinon$
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Gerard O'Daly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Days Linked by Song

Gerard O'Daly

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the evidence for Prudentius' career against the background of the increasingly Christianized Roman empire of the late fourth and early fifth centuries ad. The biographical evidence of the Praefatio is evaluated. Prudentius' poetic output is surveyed, as well as genre, themes, literary influences, symbolism, uses of biblical narrative, metre, and poetics in the Cathemerinon. There are sections on the textual tradition of the poems, and on editions and modern critical studies, as well as on the verse translation provided.

Keywords:   Prudentius' career, Praefatio as evidence, poetical works, symbolism, biblical narrative, metre, poetics, textual tradition, Christianity in Rome, reception

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