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Establishing Authority in Christian Poetry of Latin Late Antiquity

Pollmann, Karla (2013) Establishing Authority in Christian Poetry of Latin Late Antiquity. Hermes - Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie, 141 (3). pp. 309-330. ISSN 0018-0777. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Ancient Poetry in general makes the claim of divine inspiration, thus deriving authority from a supernatural source. Accordingly, it bases the validity of its message on a foundation beyond argument, which has consequences both for the relationship between poets and their poems, as well as between poems and their readers. In Christian Late Antiquity the divine foundation of poetry had to be renegotiated, and as a consequence authorities and arguments had to be given a new role in the Christian poetic discourse. This paper will analyse the various possibilities and their consequences, also looking at the issue in terms of how far pagan poetry already foreshadowed such a development. The poets taken into consideration include Commodianus, Prudentius, the Carmen adversus Marcionitas, Prosper of Aquitaine, and Venantius Fortunatus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2014 18:10 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41625 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pollmann, Karla: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4368-3687
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