Proba the Prophet

The Christian Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba

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In Proba the Prophet: The Christian Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed offers an in-depth study and reappraisal of the Cento of Proba and its reception. Proba's poem belongs to the few extant Latin texts from Antiquity penned by a woman writer, and one of the oldest Christian Latin poems. Schottenius Cullhed surveys and challenges common preconceptions and biographical constructions of the poem's author and early readers, and examines their impact on interpretations and evaluations of the text. The author also develops and puts to use an alternative model for understanding the poem and convincingly shows how the Virgilian source texts form a complex net of internal and external biblical typologies within the Cento.
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Biographical Note

Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed, Ph.D. (2012), University of Gothenburg, is a researcher at the department of Comparative Literature at Uppsala University. She has published mainly on early women writers.

Review Quote

" Umso mehr ist das Erscheinen der vorliegenden Studie zu begrüßen, zumal die Autorin, wie die knapp und allgemein verständlich gehaltene Einleitung am besten zeigt, mit ihrer Darstellung über die Kreise versierter klassischer Philologen und Patristiker hinaus auf ein breiteres Publikum zielt und dieses Ziel, jedenfalls nach Einschätzung des Rezensenten, auch gut erreicht. A priori stellt das Buch also einen wichtigen Beitrag dazu dar, gleich mehreren wenig bekannten Phänomenen der lateinischen Literatur zu größerer Bekanntheit zu verhelfen." Gottfried Kreuz, ZAC 2016; 20(1): 197–202.

Table of contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Figures

Introduction
1. Proba the Poet
2. Proba and her Critics
3. Proba in the Republic of Women
4. The Confessions of Proba
5. Centonizing Genesis
6. The Gospel of Proba

Appendix: The Cento

Bibliography

Readership

All interested in ancient and Medieval Latin literature, especially scholars and students within Late Antiquity, Gender Studies and Classical Reception.