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Biblical and Pastoral Poetry Alcimus Avitus

Biblical and Pastoral Poetry By Alcimus Avitus

Biblical and Pastoral Poetry by Alcimus Avitus


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Biblical and Pastoral Poetry was written by Alcimus Avitus, bishop of Vienne, in the late fifth or early sixth century. This volume presents new English translations alongside the Latin texts of the Spiritual History, his most famous work which narrates biblical stories, and verses addressed to his sister, In Consolatory Praise of Chastity.

Biblical and Pastoral Poetry Summary

Biblical and Pastoral Poetry by Alcimus Avitus

Alcimus Ecdicius Avitus, bishop of Vienne and a vigorous defender of Christian orthodoxy, was born into the senatorial aristocracy in southern Gaul in the mid-fifth century and lived until 518. The verse in Biblical and Pastoral Poetry was written in the late fifth or early sixth century. Avitus's most famous work, the Spiritual History, narrates the biblical stories of creation, the Fall and expulsion from paradise, the Flood, and the Israelites' escape from Egypt. He revitalizes Christian epic poetry, highlighting original sin and redemption and telling the history of Christian salvation with dramatic dialogue and rich description. In Consolatory Praise of Chastity-a verse treatise addressed to his sister, a consecrated virgin-illuminates the demands of the ascetic life from the perspective of a close family member. Avitus seeks to bolster his sister's resolve with biblical examples of mental fortitude, constructing a robust model for female heroism. This volume presents new English translations of Avitus's two extant poetic writings alongside the Latin texts.

About Alcimus Avitus

Michael Roberts is Robert Rich Professor of Latin at Wesleyan University.

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NPB9780674271265
9780674271265
0674271262
Biblical and Pastoral Poetry by Alcimus Avitus
New
Hardback
Harvard University Press
2022-05-27
336
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