Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Albertus Horsting - Reading Augustine with Pleasure: Prosper of Aquitaine's Epigrammata

There are numerous problems surrounding Prosper of Aquitaine's Liber Epigrammatum ex sententiis S. Augustini concerning the strange work's literary and theological background, intended audience, and genre. Prosper's book of epigrams on Augustine's theology was extremely popular throughout the Middle Ages both as a school text and as a guide to Augustine. This paper investigates: (1) the idiosyncratic literary form of Prosper's epigrammata; (2) possible predecessors of this form in the tradition of collections of maxims, didactic poetry, and theological florilegia.

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