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Category: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – c.413)
Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – c.413) was a Roman – Iberian lyricist, poet and lawyer born in the Roman province of Tarraconensis (now Northern Spain), who twice became a Roman provincial governor in Iberia.
His poetry is influenced by early Christian authors, such as Tertullian and St. Ambrose, as well as the Bible and the acts of the martyrs. His hymn Da, Puer, Plectrum (which includes Corde Natus Ex Parentis (Of The Father’s Love Begotten) and O Sola Magnarum Urbium (Earth Has Many A Noble City) from his Cathemerinon, are still in use today.
Prudentius’ allegorical work Psychomachia, is said to be his most influential work, incorporating as it did elements of both Hellenic epic and inner psychological conflict.