The Shadows of Poetry Hardback

Vergil in the Mind of Augustine

by Sabine MacCormack;

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The Shadows of Poetry

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This text argues that if the making of the Latin Middle Ages could be captured in a single dialogue, the encounter between Vergil (70-19 BC), the greatest Roman poet, and Augustine of Hippo (356-430 AD), teacher of rhetoric and Christian bishop, would aptly illustrate the historical moment. Sabine MacCormack argues that Augustine's reckoning with the complex cultural legacy of Vergil is reflected in an array of influential texts, including his early philosophical dialogues, the "Confessiones", and the prose epic "De civitate dei". Throughout his long life, Augustine returned to Vergil as one of a handful of authors who defined what was worth understanding and why, and he used Vergil in formulating many of his own arguments. In this text, MacCormack captures the intellectual and religious encounter between Augustine and Vergil. She opens a door not merely on the formation and content of Augustine's ideas, but also on the meaning of Vergil's poetry at a time of political and religious change.

The Shadows of Poetry by Sabine MacCormack was published by University of California Press in June 1998. The ISBN for The Shadows of Poetry is 9780520211872.

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Details for The Shadows of Poetry

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (June 1998)
Number of Pages273
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1192139
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