Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Paulinus of Nola, Courtyards, and Canthari: A Second Look

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Some of the fullest descriptions of ancient churches and their decoration by a contemporary were written by Paulinus of Nola. These descriptions gain in significance because Paulinus was also the patron sponsoring some of these projects. Furthermore, parts of these constructions still survive. Greek literary sources provide information about the issues that are discussed in this chapter: arrangements of courtyards, washing rituals, water vessels, and their nomenclature. Paulinus's descriptions of church courtyards at Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Felix in Cimitile make use of an unfamiliar and intriguing term for water installations in courtyards, namely, cantharus. It can now be understood on historical and linguistic grounds how this term, which has connotations derived both from its original role as a Greek drinking cup and its later role as a Latin water container, could gain prominence in Christian circles.

Keywords: cantharus; church courtyards; Greek literary sources; Paulinus of Nola; Saint Felix; Saint Peter



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Pottery, Pavements, and Paradise — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation