The Poems of Prudentius

The Poems of Prudentius

The Poems of Prudentius

The Poems of Prudentius

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Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, the greatest of the Latin Christian poets, was born in the year 348 during the consulship of Salia and Philip. The place of his birth is not known with certainty. Three cities of Hither Spain are designated by him as his own: Tarragona, Saragossa, and Calahorra. Partisans of each have claimed him as a native son with convincing arguments. In the case of all three, the expression 'ours,' used by Prudentius in referring to them, may indicate only that they belonged to Spain, or his own section of Spain, the northeast region lying next to the Mediterranean and nearest the center of Roman civilization.

The references to Tarragona in Hymn 6 of the Peristephanon may be dismissed as inconclusive, since they probably denote only the importance of that city as capital of the Province of Hispania Tarraconensis. Moreover, the use of the second person in the words, 'Sing the praises of your own Fructuosus,' addressed to the inhabitants of the city seems to indicate that Prudentius did not claim . . .

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