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Culture and Literature in Latin Late Antiquity
Continuities and Discontinuities

P. F. Moretti, R. Ricci, C. Torre (eds.)
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400 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55735-9
Languages: English, French, Italian
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In recent decades many valuable studies have been highlighting the cultural changes that deeply affected the Roman world between the fourth and sixth centuries AD. These changes, mostly due to Christianization as well as reactions to it, occurred in literary and cultural fields. In the past they have been explained through a well-defined pattern, namely a twofold process, adapting changing contents to unchanging formal structures. However, this pattern may not be effective today, given the new framework arising from the increasing amount of data and its close examination.

The papers herein collected deal with many specific texts or issues, all included in the so-called literary area of ‘secularity’ (according to the definition by R. A. Markus). The aim of this case-studies gallery, ranging from the fourth to seventh centuries AD, is precisely to offer a multi-layered approach to the complex, unclear-cut interweaving of continuity and discontinuity. Indeed, this is at the heart of the transformation process of intellectual horizons in Latin Late Antiquity.

This volume consists of three sections, devoted to investigating the transformation of cultural heritage in poetry and prose respectively, and the key role of school education in shaping late ancient ‘secular’ culture.


Table of Contents


Section I: The Transformation of the Cultural Heritage: Poetry
Gli epigrammi di Ausonio per le fonti del Danubio. Tradizione letteraria e arte figurativa (B. Moroni)
Honorius in Rome: A Pagan Adventus (Claud., Hon. VI Cons.) (I. Gualandri)
Chaos e ordine nel De raptu Proserpinae di Claudiano(R. Mandile)
Tituli for the Illiterates? The (Sub-)Genre of the Tituli Historiarum between Ekphrasis, Iconography and Catechesis(F. Lubian)
Le mot et les choses: epigramma chez Sidoine Apollinaire(F. E. Consolino)
Some Remarks on the Metra in Boethius' De Consolatione Philosophiae. Examples of Anapestic Dimeters and Elegiac Couplets (C. Floris)
Appunti sulla poetica ennodiana: nuove declinazioni della silva nella latinità tardoantica (V. Zarini)
Metrica vis sacris non est incognita libris. La bible et sa facies metrica à partir de la lettre d'Arator à Vigile (R. Mori)
Le renouvellement formel de la poésie élégiaque dans la littérature latine chrétienne (fin IVe-moitié Ve s.) (M. Cutino)
Letteratura e medicina: percorsi di una metafora nella tarda antichità latina (IV-VI sec. d.C.) (C. Pavarani)

Section II: The Transformation of the Cultural Heritage: Prose
Ambrose, Democritus and the Risus of the Sapiens (Iob, III. 3. 9)(R. Ricci)
The First Book of Symmachus' Correspondence as a Separate Collection (G. Kelly)
Ammianus Ciceronianus?(J. den Boeft)
Emperors’ Physiognomy (R. Passarella)
Nisi modum epistolici characteris excederem. Jerome and Epistolary brevitas (P. F. Moretti)
Lucretia in the World of Sophistopolis: A Rhetorical Reading of Aug. Civ. I. 19 (L. Pirovano)
The Dynamics of Seneca's Reception in the Late Ancient Christian Tradition: Some Methodological Remarks (C. Torre)
Histoires de mots. À propos des adjectifs imatilis, vernatilis et venatilis de Cassiod. Var. III. 53. 1 (N. Brocca)
Spoudogeloion, Hyperbole and Myth in Fulgentius’ Mythologiae (M. Venuti)

Section III: The Transmission of the Cultural Heritage: School, Texts, and Paratexts
Macrobius and Servius: Commenting Strategies in Comparison (I. Canetta)
[abunde] suffecerat ... sed: un’idea ricorrente nelle Interpretationes Vergilianae di Tiberio Claudio Donato (A. Daghini)
The Distichs of Cato in Late Antique Spain (W. M. Bloomer)
Tra Porfirione e Servio: annotazioni Pseudacronee sull'ode I. 37 di Orazio (C. Formenti)

List of abbreviations
List of ancient authors and works
The authors



« (…) il faut saluer ce volume comme un bel apport à une meilleure connaissance de l’innovation littéraire dans l’Antiquité tardive. » (Marie-Pierre Bussières, dans Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2017.05.22)

"(…) this rich volume contains many valuable and interesting contributions to the study of the cultural, intellectual and educational history of Latin late antiquity." (Tim Denecker, in Augustiniana, 67, 2017, p. 356)

« Au total, ce volume présente un apport notable à la connaissance de la culture antique et des phénomènes de réception » (Jean-Louis Charlet, dans Latomus, 77/1, 2018, p. 281)

«(questo volume) costituisce a nostro avviso, per ricchezza e innovatività di metodo e risultati, un nuovo punto di riferimento per indagare il processo di trasformazione culturale nella tarda antichità.» (Luciana Furbetta, in L'Antiquité Classique, 87, 2018, p. 395) 

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Classical Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature
Specific genres
Latin Poetry - Patristic

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