Présence des poètes chrétiens dans l’œuvre d’Arator, vers un renouvellement des modèles

Abstract : In Arator’s Historia Apostolica (544), the numerous intertextual references reveal a clear change in the poet’s relationship to classical culture. Instead of using classical or imperial poets without modification, Arator takes elements that had already been christianized by earlier Christian poets and multiplies intertextual references to Christian poetry of the fourth and fifth centuries. Even if these borrowings are most obvious in the clausula, a place where they are actually less significant, they can be detected throughout the verse and they clearly set the poem among the tradition of Christian poetry. Moreover, the prefaces written by the poet help to understand this process: Arator does not consider any more whether Christian poetry is legitimate, but rather what the function of Christian poetry is in the life of the Church and in the spiritual life. This reflection as well as the work carried out on the Christian poetic tradition caused some verses of the poet to be included in liturgical texts at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The Historia Apostolica has thus become part of the cultural knowledge that any scholar and theologian would have had.
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Bruno Bureau. Présence des poètes chrétiens dans l’œuvre d’Arator, vers un renouvellement des modèles . Clémentine Bernard-Valette; Jérémy Delmulle; Camille Gerzaguet. Nihil veritas erubescit. Mélanges offerts à Paul Mattei par ses élèves, collègues et amis, Brepols, pp.575-590, 2017, 978-2-503-57035-8. ⟨10.1484/M.IPM-EB.5.114538⟩. ⟨http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503570358-1⟩. ⟨hal-01705562⟩

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