Venantius Fortunatus: Vita Sancti MartiniPrologue and Books I–II

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2020 - Literary Criticism
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This volume provides a new critical text of the Prologue and the first two books of Venantius Fortunatus' Vita Sancti Martini, a work, written in the latter half of the sixth century, which paraphrases in epic verse the famous prose hagiography of St Martin by Sulpicius Severus. This edition offers the first English translation of and the first full commentary on that part of Venantius' poem. Venantius was one of the last writers in a recognisably classical Latin tradition and his Vita affords a fascinating insight into the language and literary culture of his time. It is, however, a deceptively allusive and difficult poem, and the introduction and commentary of this book deal extensively with matters of exegesis, textual criticism, language, metre and much else. It will be valuable for students of the literature and culture of late Latin antiquity, and for those interested in early Christianity and hagiography.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Text and Translation
39
Sigla
40
Prologue
42
Book I
46
Book II
82
Commentary
117
Appendices
491
Bibliography
562
Indexes
573
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About the author (2020)

N. M. Kay is an independent scholar living and working in London. He has published three previous editions with commentary of Latin works: Martial XI (1985), Ausonius: Epigrams (2001), and Epigrams from the Anthologia Latina (2013).

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