Clement Aurelius Prudentius (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius)( Early Christian Latin-speaking poet)
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Biography Clement Aurelius Prudentius (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius)
(348 - after 405), His life story is known only by the short autobiographical poem, presupposed to the collection of works compiled by the author at age 57. Hence, we learn that he was born in Spain, probably in Tarragona, in a noble family. Prudentius was customary for the era of liberal education, and later was governor and a judge in two major cities. At the court of the Emperor (probably Honorius), he was appointed to high office. In the prime of Prudentius renounced worldly honors, wishing to devote himself to poetry and faith.
Poems Prudenzio very diverse in terms of metrics, a model for many of them served as a product of St.. Ambrose. R. Bentley (1662-1742) once called Prudenzio 'Horace and Virgil of Christianity'. Surviving works: diaries (Cathemerinon), . cycle of 12 hymns for daily reading; Garland (Peristephanon), . 14 poems, . on the Spanish and the Roman Christian martyrs; poem Apotheosis of Christ (Apotheosis Christi) and the pedigree of sin (Hamartigenia), . well as against Simmaha (Contra Symmachum) on two songs; Mental agony (Psychomachia) (the most famous and influential work of the poet, . portraying the struggle of virtues and vices of the human soul), . the first example of an allegorical poetry in the West, . and Dittochaeon, . 49 gekzametricheskih quatrains, . describing events or characters of the Bible.,