Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity: Poetry, Visual Culture, and the Cult of Martyrs

Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity: Poetry, Visual Culture, and the Cult of Martyrs

by Paula Hershkowitz

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Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity: Poetry, Visual Culture, and the Cult of Martyrs by Paula Hershkowitz

This book provides an innovative approach to the Hispano-Roman Christian poet Prudentius and his poetry. It is a breakthrough in Prudentian scholarship which unifies the differing disciplines of history, archaeology, literature and art history in arguing that Prudentius and his envisaged Spanish audience cannot be fully understood in isolation from their environment in late fourth- and early fifth-century Spain. Paula Hershkowitz focuses on Prudentius' Peristephanon, his collection of verses celebrating the deaths of martyrs, and places these poems within the context of Prudentius' world, uniquely employing material, visual and textual remains as evidence for its religious, social and cultural affiliations. It also draws on this material evidence to contextualise Prudentius' awareness of the significance of the visual as a means of promoting beliefs against the background of this crucial formative period in religious history when many of his Spanish audience were not yet fully committed to the Christian faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107149601
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/05/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Paula Hershkowitz is an independent scholar who gained a doctorate in late Roman history from Birkbeck, University of London.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to Prudentius: a Spanish poet for the martyrs; 2. Prudentius' audience: society and religious belief in late antique Hispania; 3. The Peristephanon and the martyr cults in Roman Spain; 4. Visual culture and martyrs: Prudentius, painter of pictures in words; 5. Prudentius' poetry in the context of the late antique culture of Hispania; 6. An epilogue for a Christian poet.

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