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Genre and Content in Late-Antique Latin Literature

This wider theme includes research in a broad range of late-antique Latin literature. It involves a significant number of centre staff, associates and research students, who work with a variety of methodological approaches including

  • The study of individual authors such as Augustine, Jerome, Paulinus of Nola, Victorinus of Pettau, and Orosius
  • The study of specific genres and genre-developments and -changes including commentaries, letters, histories, sermons and biographies
  • The study of wider discourse-areas in which genres were embedded such as philosophical and Biblical exegesis, historiography, homiletics, polemics etc.
  • The study of emerging themes within these areas such as gender, identity, violence, memory, heresy and orthodoxy, and of phenomena such as Gnosis, Manichaeism, Pelagianism, Augustinianism, Platonism and pagan religion
  • The study of the interaction between late-antique Latin literature and other literatures through translation and reception

The theme is linked to a number of other themes and projects within the centre and with projects in other centres and research groups including the Latin and Syriac Commentary Project and the Scientific Culture in Late Antiquity theme.