Prudentius' "Psychomachia" Paperback

A Reexamination

by Macklin Smith;

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Prudentius' "Psychomachia"

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Prudentius' Psychomachia, written about A.D. 405, has been studied by classicists, medievalists, and general literary historians. Nevertheless, scholars have barely explored the allegory's inner workings or related it to its historical context. The present study remedies this critical neglect and its attendant misreadings. The author arrives at a coherent, unified interpretation by examining the work's major features in relation to the poet's life and times. He contends that the poet balanced an affirmation of Christian allegory with an ironic negation of pagan literary tradition. For this remarkable achievement his audience was the aristocracy, still largely pagan at a time of intense antagonism between the Church and old Roman religious institutions. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions.
The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Prudentius' "Psychomachia" by Macklin Smith was published by Princeton University Press in February 2015. The ISBN for Prudentius' "Psychomachia" is 9780691617275.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (February 2015)
Number of Pages324
Thickness17 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4322821
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