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Author Roberts, Michael, 1947 September 16- author

Title The humblest sparrow : the poetry of Venantius Fortunatus / Michael Roberts
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 364 pages) : illustrations
Contents Windows of order : the epitaph made new -- Strategies of praising : metaphors of eminence -- Strategies of praising : bishops and ceremonies -- Situating the saints, narrating the saints, imagining Martin -- To absent friends : verse correspondence and personal poetry
Summary "The Humblest Sparrow is a superbly illuminating study of one of the major Latin poets of late antiquity. Every chapter is marked by a thorough, accurate, and up to date knowledge of the historical and material setting of the Merovingian upper classes. As a deep treatment of Fortunatus' poetry, this book will surely appeal to readers with a serious interest in the Latin verse of late antiquity."--William Klingshirn, Catholic University of America In The Humblest Sparrow, Michael Roberts illuminates the poetry of the sixth-century bishop and poet Venantius Fortunatus. Often regarded as an important transitional figure, Fortunatus wrote poetry that is seen to bridge the late classical and earlier medieval periods. Written in Latin, his poems combined the influences of classical Latin poets with a medieval tone, giving him a special place in literary history. Yet while interest has been growing in the early Merovingian period, and while the writing of Fortunatus' patron Gregory of Tours has been well studied, Fortunatus himself has often been neglected. This neglect is remedied by this in-depth study, which will appeal to scholars of late antique, early Christian, and medieval Latin poetry. Roberts divides Fortunatus' poetry into three main groups: poetry of praise, hagiographical poetry, and personal poetry. In addition to providing a general survey, Roberts discusses in detail many individual poems and proposes a number of theses on the nature, function, relation to social and linguistic context, and survival of Fortunatus' poetry, as well as the image of the poet created by his work. Michael Roberts is Robert Rich Professor of Latin at Wesleyan University. Jacket illustration: L. Alma Tadema, Venantius Fortunatus Reading his Poems to Radegonda VI AD 555. (Courtesy of Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum.) Also of Interest Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer, by Suzanne Hagedorn The Augustinian Epic, Petrarch to Milton, by J. Christopher Warner Early Modern Autobiography: Theories, Genres, Practices, edited by Ronald Bedford, Lloyd Davis, and Philippa Kelly
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-346) and indexes
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Subject Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, approximately 540-approximately 600 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Christian poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Christianity and literature -- Rome.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008039080
ISBN 0472025201 (electronic bk.)
9780472025206 (electronic bk.)