Selections from the Poems of Paulinus of Nola, including the Correspondence with Ausonius : Introduction, Translation, and Commentary book cover
1st Edition

Selections from the Poems of Paulinus of Nola, including the Correspondence with Ausonius
Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

  • Available for pre-order on March 3, 2023. Item will ship after March 24, 2023
ISBN 9781138561359
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This volume offers a broad introduction to one of the most exciting chapters of Late Antiquity, through direct testimony from one of the last representatives of Roman Antiquity, Ausonius of Bordeaux, and his radical Christian protégé, the populist bishop and experimental poet, Paulinus of Nola.

The first comprehensive volume in English dedicated to these works in over a century, this book also offers representative selections from Paulinus’ vast poetic output, from the publicly performed poems that mark his contribution to the emerging cult of the saints to his experimental Christianization of a wide range of Classical genres. Preceded by a substantial introduction discussing the modern significance of these works and their original contexts, the translation is accompanied by running notes for ease of reference and an interpretive commentary rich with illustrative parallels. Taken together, the correspondence with Ausonius and the selections from Paulinus epitomize the personal, political, and spiritual conflicts of their age, offering a lively and concentrated introduction to the life and thought of these two underappreciated contemporaries of Jerome and Augustine.

Accompanied by new and provocative interpretations with detailed but concise historical and biographical guidance, this accessible and stylish translation will appeal to scholars and students of Classics, Late Antiquity, religious studies, social history, and world literature.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The Earlier Letters; 3. The Principal Correspondence; 4. Selections from the Poems of Paulinus; 5. Comments: The Earlier Letters; 6. Comments: The Principal Correspondence; 7. Comments: Selections from the Poems of Paulinus.

View More



Alex Dressler is Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His published works include Personification and the Feminine in Roman Philosophy, and articles on Latin literature of all genres and periods, including Roman drama, the ancient novel, epic, epistolography, and lyric poetry, on a wide range of topics, ranging from gender and class to aesthetics and phenomenology.