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By Dennis E. Trout

This examine bargains a finished reconsideration of the existence and literary works of Paulinus of Nola (ca. 352-431), a Roman senator who renounced his political occupation and secular way of life to develop into a monk, bishop, impresario of a saint's cult, and admired Christian poet. Dennis Trout considers all of the old fabrics and glossy observation on Paulinus, and in addition delves into archaeological and old resources to light up some of the settings during which we see this past due historical guy at paintings. This brilliant historic biography lines Paulinus's highbrow and non secular trip and even as explores many features of the overdue historic Roman world.

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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