Among his contemporaries the reputation of Meropius Pontius Paulinus (ca. 352-431 CE) was founded upon two qualities: first, the particular spiritual convictions that spurred him to renounce his secular lifestyle and political opportunities in favor of an ascetic regimen lived out in proximity to the tomb of a venerated third-century confessor (Felix of Nola); and, second, a facility with Latin prose and verse composition that made him a significant voice in the cultural reformation that accompanied the conversion to Christianity of a sizeable portion of the western Roman aristocracy in the later fourth century. It was no liability that Paulinus’ social and epistolary network included such leading literary and intellectual figures …

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Citation:
Trout, Dennis. "Paulinus of Nola". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2011
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