Volume 60, Issue 2, December 2020

Roberta Franchi
Pages 399-426

Dal racconto storico-agiografico alla riscrittura poetica
Prudenzio e l’inno su san Romano (Peristephanon X)

Peristephanon X, a hymn on the martyrdom of St. Romanus of Antioch, may be considered the masterpiece of Prudentius’ poetry on the Christian martyrs. Romanus is represented as a Christian hero. As a rhetor, he defends his faith against paganism as if he were a lawyer; as a martyr, he follows Christ’s example in accepting torture and death. Prudentius’ poetry aims to stimulate and revivify the Christian belief of his audience.