By Dennis E. Trout
In addition to filling out the main points of Paulinus's lifestyles at Nola, Trout appears extensive at Paulinus earlier than his ascetic conversion, delivering a brand new overview of this formative interval to raised 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 totally explores the complexity of a determine who has too frequently been simplified and gives new insights into the kaleidoscopic personality of the age within which he lived.
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