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Three Latin Paratexts From Late Antiquity And The Early Middle Ages ("Sulpicia," "Seneca"—“Paulus,” Carmen Navale)

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This chapter discusses three Latin paratexts of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, which give insight into the process of the fusion of traditional classical culture and Christianity. It begins with an unusual Latin poem of seventy verses. In the Vatican manuscript and other text-witnesses it bears the title Sulpicia's Complaint on the Situation of the State and the Age of Domitian. The chapter then deals with a small collection that is representative of the Latin Christians and their efforts to adjust their tradition to the parameters of the aesthetics and intellectual demands they inherited from pagan culture. The author refers to the collection of letters supposedly exchanged between Seneca the Younger and Saint Paul. In the third example the author passes from late antiquity to the early Middle Ages. The poem under discussion bears the title Sailors' Song (Carmen navale).

Keywords: Carmen navale; early Middle Ages; late antiquity; Latin paratexts; Saint Paul; Seneca the Younger; Sulpicia



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