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Prudentius' Hymns for Hours and Seasons : Liber Cathemerinon (Hardcover) (Nicholas Richardson)
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Combining faithfulness to the Latin with sensitivity to Prudentius’ poetic qualities, Nicholas Richardson offers a precise yet creative verse translation of a major work by one of the most important Christian Latin poets of late antiquity.Prudentius’ Hymns for Hours and Seasons provides readers with a wealth of material, which sets the life and output of this poet in its historical, religious and literary context, outlines manuscript and editorial details, discusses metrics and Latinity, and also gives a sense of the individual hymns of the Cathemerinon.
Richardson’s fresh translation allows readers unfamiliar with Latin to understand and interpret the poems, as well as offering those who know Latin a nearly line-by-line translation. The notes illuminate both the literary and religious aspects of these hymns. This commentary, along with the introduction and translated text, provides students and scholars alike with a comprehensive volume on one of the key works of later Latin poetry.