Paulinus of Nola: life, letters, and poems by Dennis E. Trout
By Dennis E. Trout
This learn bargains a entire reconsideration of the lifestyles and literary works of Paulinus of Nola (ca. 352-431), a Roman senator who renounced his political occupation and secular way of life to develop into a monk, bishop, impresario of a saint's cult, and admired Christian poet. Dennis Trout considers all of the historical fabrics and smooth remark on Paulinus, and likewise delves into archaeological and old assets to light up a few of the settings within which we see this past due historic guy at paintings. This bright ancient biography lines Paulinus's highbrow and non secular trip and whilst explores many elements of the overdue historical Roman world.In addition to filling out the main points of Paulinus's existence at Nola, Trout appears extensive at Paulinus earlier than his ascetic conversion, offering a brand new evaluate of this formative interval to raised comprehend Paulinus's next value in the influential ascetic and ecclesiastical circles of his age. Trout additionally highlights Paulinus's position within the swirl of rebellions and heresies of the time, within the pagan revival of the 390s, and particularly within the improvement of a brand new style of Christian poetry. And, he examines anew Paulinus's relationships with such figures as Jerome, Rufinus, and Augustine. Trout totally explores the complexity of a determine who has too frequently been simplified and gives new insights into the kaleidoscopic personality of the age during which he lived.
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157 These were the men, ascetic paradox embodied, whom Paulinus hoped to receive as Severus's letter carriers henceforth. Presentation of the same ascetic, anticonventional elements in the service of praise or denigration is at the heart of other literary portraits in Paulinus's writings. Paulinus praises the recently converted letter carrier Cardamas, for example, to affirm the sanctity of Delphinus and Amandus of Bordeaux. Cardamas, represented as a former actor and drunkard, had been ordained an exorcist at Bordeaux and subsequently acquitted himself well during visits to Nola.
41. Carm. 1â 20. 42. Witke, Numen Litterarum, 99. < previous page < previous page page 142 next page > next page > page_141 page_142 The subtly nuanced visions of Christian renunciation articulated across these letters to Crispianus, Licentius, Pammachius, Sanctus, and Jovius may have arisen from Paulinus's own experience of conversion, his sensitivity to the attitudes of individual correspondents, or even from the rich humanity of his spirit,43 but Paulinus's apparent circumspection also speaks to broader and deeper social issues.
18. Ep. 19). 19. Ep. 18. 20. Ep. 40 ("quamdiu fecistis uni ex his fratribus mei minimis mihi fecistis"), another important text for Paulinus and one he frequently employed in the letters to Severus. 21. Ep. " 22. De ord. 27; Sol. 17. 23. For example, ep. 7. 24. Epp. 3. On this issue see further S. Prete, Paolino di Nola e l'umanesimo cristiano, 69â 71; and Prete, "I temi della proprietÃ e della famiglia negli scritti di Paolino di Nola," Augustinianum 17 (1977): 266â 71, reprinted in Motivi ascetici e letterari in Paolino di Nola (Naples and Rome, 1987), 67â 72.