The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine

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University of California Press, Jun 30, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 273 pages
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Imperial ceremony was a vital form of self-expression for late antique society. Sabine MacCormack examines the ceremonies of imperial arrivals, funerals, and coronations from the late third to the late sixth centuries A.D., as manifest in the official literature and art of the time. Her study offers us new insights into the exercise of power and into the social, political, and cultural significance of religious change during the Christianization of the Roman world.

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Contents

Their Renowned Poet
xvii
The Scent of a Rose Language and Grammar between Pagans and Christians
41
The Tears Run Down in Vain Emotions Soul and Body
85
Gods of Our Homeland The Nature of True and False Worship
128
The High Walls of Rome The City on Earth and the Heavenly City
171
Epilogue
221
Select Bibliography
229
Index of Ancient and Late Antique Texts
247
General Index
251
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Sabine G. MacCormack is Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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