Venantius Fortunatus: Personal and Political Poems
Venance Fortunat ((saint ;), Venantius (Fortunatus), Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, Niagara Falls (N.Y.)
Liverpool University Press, 1995 - Всего страниц: 156
Venantius Fortunatus, writing in the latter half of the sixth century, was not only a major Latin poet, but also an important historical figure. Born in the north of Italy and given a classical education in Ravenna, he travelled as a young man to seek patronage in the courts of Merovingian Gaul, writing both formal and informal poetry for three of the royal brothers, Sigibert, Charibert and Chilperic, and for many influential figures in ecclesiastical and secular life. He settled eventually in Poitiers, as the close friend of the ex-queen Radegund, of Agnes, abbess of the community Radegund had founded, and the major historian of the period, Gregory of Tours. In the period of cultural transition, he played an important part in adapting and developing literary traditions, influencing not only his contemporaries but also succeeding generations. He also played a personal role in events of national and international significance; his poems allow us vivid glimpses of the individual lives and characters of his patrons, painting a picture of a literary, not merely literate, culture, which complement's Gregory's canvas of bloodthirsty dynastic feuding.
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Appendix Averil Cameron Baudonivia Biographical Notes Bishop of Arles bishop of Tours blessed Book brothers Brunhild Byzantine Byzantium Caesarius Charibert Childebert Chilperic Chilperic and Fredegund chretienne Christ Christian church classical Claudian consolation Curtius daughter dear death delight earth echoes eloquence emperor epitaph epithalamium Etudes merovingiennes faith father feast flowers Fredegund Galswinth Gaul George gifts glorious glory Gogo Gregory of Tours grief Guntram heart holy honour ISBN Justin king king's kingdom Lady Radegund Latin light imagery lines literary lofty London Lord Lothar Lupus MacCormack Matth medieval merits Merovech Merovingian metre Metz MGH SRM Moos mother motif noble Oxford panegyric peace Poem 11 poet poet's poetry Poitiers 1952 Paris praise prayers queen Radegund Radegund and Agnes reference resplendent rhetorical rich Roman royal panegyric rule Saint Martin Sapphic seePoem Sigibert Sophia sweet Testimonien Theudebert Theudechild tradition Treaty of Andelot Venantius Fortunatus Vergil verses virtues Visigothic Vita waters