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By Dennis E. Trout

This examine deals a accomplished reconsideration of the existence and literary works of Paulinus of Nola (ca. 352-431), a Roman senator who renounced his political profession and secular way of life to turn into a monk, bishop, impresario of a saint's cult, and favorite Christian poet. Dennis Trout considers all of the historical fabrics and smooth statement on Paulinus, and in addition delves into archaeological and ancient assets to light up a few of the settings during which we see this overdue historical guy at paintings. This vibrant ancient biography strains Paulinus's highbrow and religious trip and while explores many aspects of the past due historic Roman world.

In addition to filling out the main points of Paulinus's lifestyles at Nola, Trout appears extensive at Paulinus sooner than his ascetic conversion, supplying a brand new evaluate of this formative interval to higher comprehend Paulinus's next value in the influential ascetic and ecclesiastical circles of his age. Trout additionally highlights Paulinus's position within the swirl of rebellions and heresies of the time, within the pagan revival of the 390s, and particularly within the improvement of a brand new style of Christian poetry. And, he examines anew Paulinus's relationships with such figures as Jerome, Rufinus, and Augustine. Trout absolutely explores the complexity of a determine who has too frequently been simplified and offers new insights into the kaleidoscopic personality of the age during which he lived.

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