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Commodianus  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Dec 2015
Christian Latin poet, probably from 3rd-cent. Africa, but assigned by some to the 4th or 5th cent. and to other locations; perhaps of Syrian origin. In the Instructiones, 80 short poems ... More

Dracontius, Blossius Aemilius  

Alun Hudson-Williams and Frederick James Edward Raby

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Dec 2015
Blossius Aemilius Dracontius, a Christian, a lawyer and vir clarissimus (Roman of senatorial rank), well trained in rhetoric, lived in *Carthage towards the end of the 5th cent. ce. For ... More

Iuvencus, Gaius Vettius Aquilinus  

Martin J. Brooke

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Dec 2015
A Spanish priest of noble family, born at Eliberri in *Baetica, the first exponent of *biblical epic, and arguably the earliest poet to use an established classical genre to treat explicitly ... More

Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus), biblical translator, scholar, and ascetic, c. 347–420 CE  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Born into a Christian family at Stridon in *Dalmatia, he was educated at Rome at the school of Aelius *Donatus, and later studied rhetoric. During a stay at Trier (*Augusta Treverorum), where he had ... More

Martianus Minneus Felix Capella  

Danuta Shanzer

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Mar 2016
Composed in Vandalic *Carthage (see Vandals), probably in the last quarter of the 5th cent. ce, a prosimetrical Latin encyclopaedia of the seven Liberal Arts (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric—the ... More

Phoenix, Latin elegiac poem  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Phoenix (De Ave Phoenice), poem in 170 elegiac lines on the fabulous bird whose life, eternally renewed through death, was a potent symbol for both pagans and Christians. The ascription to ... More

Pompeius, African grammarian, late 5th–early 6th cent. CE  

R. A. Kaster

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Mar 2016

Pompeius (late 5th–early 6th cent. ce), African grammarian, commented on *Donatus (1)'s ars (GL 5. 95–312), perhaps also on *Virgil and *Terence (very uncertain).

Precatio terrae, Precatio omnium herbarum  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Two short anonymous prayers of uncertain date to Mother Earth and to all herbs; the second may show Christian influence. Attempts to read these texts as iambic senarii have resulted in ... More

Vulgate  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Latin version of the Bible. The first Latin translations of Scripture (Vetus Latina, Old Latin) began to appear in the 2nd cent. ce. By the late 4th cent., the situation was chaotic: some ... More

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