Arathor (Arator)( Christian Latin poet)
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Arathor, Arator, the first half of VI. n. e., a Christian Latin poet. Place from Liguria, was a disciple Ennodiya, received a good education (he knew the Roman classics and Christian poets). A well-known lawyer and orator, later, however, declined from an administrative career and became a cleric. Probably under the influence of Zedillo, he wrote in a 544 g. poetic paraphrase of the Acts of the Apostles, entitled History of the Apostles (Historia Apostolica), also known as the Acts of the Apostles. Part of the poem A. first read in public before the clergy and in the world. In two books (2300 hexameters, not counting the 3 initiations elegiac distihom), he described the acts of the apostles Peter (1 Ch.) And Paul (2 Ch.). The aim was to create a poet's verse of the Bible, as did Juvencus, or artistic epics, what we see in Avita, but the presentation to help the faithful the deep meaning of the Acts of the Apostles in an exciting form. In this poem a lot of allegory and mysticism of numbers. A. used a rich vocabulary borrowed from Virgil, Ovid and other Roman epic, and above all a cedilla. In the medieval poem A. highly prized and often read.