Prudentius’ Crown of Martyrs: Liber Peristephanon

1st Edition

Len Krisak

Routledge
September 13, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780815353270 - CAT# K346083
Series: Routledge Later Latin Poetry

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Summary

Prudentius’ Crown of Martyrs offers an English translation, with introduction and commentary, of the Liber Peristephanon, Prudentius’ vivid collection of lyric hymns in honor of Christian martyrs.

To render Prudentius’ metrically varied lines for twenty-first century readers, Len Krisak relies on the inherent iambic nature of English. The introduction offers insight into social, political, and literary features of the fourth century CE, the life of Prudentius, the poet’s other works, his Latinity and mastery of ancient meters, and the manuscript tradition and the reception of Prudentius in the Middle Ages and beyond.

Given Prudentius’ central place in the history of Latin poetry, this translation is a welcome resource for general readers interested in Western literary history. It will also find a home with scholarly audiences working on Late Antique and Early Christian literature and culture, in a wide variety of college classrooms and in academic libraries.

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