Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, as his name is attested in the manuscripts, was a Roman Christian poet from Spain (348- after 404/5 AD). Although the evidence from his poems favours Calagurris (modern Calahorra) as his hometown (Perist. 1.116, 2.537-40, 4.31-32), Prudentius also mentions Caesaraugusta (modern Zaragoza/Saragossa) and Tarraco (modern Tarragona) as ‘ours’ (Perist. 4.1-4 and 6.143 respectively), indicating connections with these cities as well. Prudentius’ family was most likely Christian.
Information about Prudentius’ life comes mainly from his Praefatio, a poem written as an introduction to a substantial edition of the poet’s oeuvre. In this …
Tsartsidis, Thomas. "Prudentius". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2019
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