Volume 63, Issue 1, June 2023

Maria Carolina Campone
Pages 195-216

Laris exul et urbis
il progetto politico di Paolino di Nola

Poem 10 of Paulinus of Nola is fundamental for understanding both his political thought and his mystical life. The reason for the disagreement between Paulinus and Ausonius is not, as has always been believed, the poet’s conversion to Christianity, but rather his attempt to transfer the secessus in villam from the sphere of Neoplatonism to that of Christianity. Paulinus thus claims a place in the history of ancient political thought, in overturning the classical concept of civis and giving new meaning to aeternitas imperii, a fundamental concept of Roman imperial ideology.