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Paulinus of Nola [electronic resource] : life, letters, and poems /
Dennis E. Trout.
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1999.
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xv, 326 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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0520217098 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1999.
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0520217098 (alk. paper)
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8205013
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-316) and indexes.
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"It is a book that does full justice, on his own terms, to Paulinus of Nola, a crucial figure in the religious and literary life of Latin Christianity in the late fourth and early fifth centures. Usually overshadowed by even more vivid and better-known contemporaries such as Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine, Paulinus has long needed a biographer who could do justice to the poise with which he moved in a world already crowded with literary 'lights'. . . .Trout succeeds in doing all this in a manner that manages to be both exhaustive and invariably instructive."--Peter Brown, author of Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity
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"It is a book that does full justice, on his own terms, to Paulinus of Nola, a crucial figure in the religious and literary life of Latin Christianity in the late fourth and early fifth centures. Usually overshadowed by even more vivid and better-known contemporaries such as Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine, Paulinus has long needed a biographer who could do justice to the poise with which he moved in a world already crowded with literary 'lights'. . . .Trout succeeds in doing all this in a manner that manages to be both exhaustive and invariably instructive."--Peter Brown, author ofSociety and the Holy in Late Antiquity
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
What began as a dissertation (Duke, 1989) is transformed into the first major study in any language of Meropius Pontius Paulinus, fifth-century Roman senator, Christian saint, and poet. After the loss of their only son, Celsus, Paulinus and his wife Therasia became attracted to ascetic ideals; at Nola, ultimately as bishop, he shaped the piety of late antiquity and influenced Augustine. While employing prosopographical connections with the major figures involved, Trout (classics, Tufts Univ.) identifies "the unruly, 'many-sided self,'" and demonstrates what else might be written, over against the typical hagiographic "marriage of biography and moral philosophy," from surviving letters and carmina. Chapters give attention to the cult of Felix, third-century confessor around whom Paulinus erected a successful basilica, and to Paulinus's stance within the "Latin Christian culture" through whose major theological controversies he lived without becoming overwhelmed by opponents nor antagonistic to either side. A limited, select bibliography registers 508 entries, with others cited in technical (often Latin) footnotes. Four valuable appendixes supply the critical apparatus for texts and chronology, and a translation of the obituary for Paulinus by Uranius. Suitable for upper-division undergraduates and above, as well as general readers and scholars. C. C. Smith; University of Wisconsin--River Falls
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This study offers a comprehensive reconsideration of the life and literary works of Paulinus of Nola (ca. 352-431), a Roman senator who renounced his political career and secular lifestyle to become a monk, bishop, impresario of a saint's cult, and prominent Christian poet. Dennis Trout considers all the ancient materials and modern commentary on Paulinus, and also delves into archaeological and historical sources to illuminate the various settings in which we see this late ancient man at work. This vivid historical biography traces Paulinus's intellectual and spiritual journey and at the same time explores many facets of the late ancient Roman world. In addition to filling out the details of Paulinus's life at Nola, Trout looks in depth at Paulinus before his ascetic conversion, providing a new assessment of this formative period to better understand Paulinus's subsequent importance within the influential ascetic and ecclesiastical circles of his age. Trout also highlights Paulinus's place in the swirl of rebellions and heresies of the time, in the pagan revival of the 390s, and especially in the development of a new genre of Christian poetry. And, he examines anew Paulinus's relationships with such figures as Jerome, Rufinus, and Augustine. Trout fully explores the complexity of a figure who has too often been simplified and provides new insights into the kaleidoscopic character of the age in which he lived.
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This historical biography traces Paulinus's intellectual and spiritual journey, and at the same time explores many facets of the late ancient Roman world.
Main Description
Born a pagan, Meropius Pontius Paulinus (c. 353-431 A.D.) became one of the earliest Christian ascetics in the Latin west, was elevated to the bishopric of Nola (in Italy) which he turned into a pilgrims' bourne, and did much for the Christianization of Latin poetry.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Preface
The Natalicia: Chronology and Concordance
Map and Site Plans
Claiming Paulinusp. 1
The Early Years: Aquitaine and Italyp. 23
From Otium Ruris to Contemptus Mundip. 53
Renunciation and Ordinationp. 78
Paulinus at Nola: 395-431p. 104
Salvation Economics: The Theory and Practice of Property Renunciationp. 133
The Cult of Saint Felixp. 160
Paulinus and Latin Christian Culturep. 198
The Final Yearsp. 252
Epiloguep. 268
App. A. The Corpusp. 271
App. B. Early Chronology and Cursus Honorump. 273
App. C. Select Chronologyp. 289
Uranius's de Objtu Sancti Paulinip. 293
Select Bibliographyp. 299
General Indexp. 317
Index Locorump. 325
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