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January 6th, 2010

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 07:30 am
with lines 386-412 of Proba's Cento virgilianus, written ~351

from http://home.infionline.net/~ddisse/proba.html

Cento virgilianus is made up of 694 lines of Virgil put together to form a biblical narrative: from the creation of the world to the ascension of Jesus into heaven after his resurrection from the dead. It is unoriginal in that, except for the opening, none of the words are Proba's own; it is original in the choices that she makes and the view of Christianity she shows. For many of her readers and hearers, the biblical story was unfamiliar; it was Virgil's words, especially those of the Aeneid, that were a basic part of the Roman educational system, memorized by children and recited by adults. Proba offers Christ as the new epic hero who can join (perhaps replace) those of classical literature.

tr. Jeremiah Reedy, edited by me, from A Lost Tradition : women writers of the early church ed. Patricia Wilson-Kastner, G. Ronald Kastner, Ann Millin, Rosemary Rader, and Jeremiah Reedy

Crowds of matrons marveled, ... )
Go forth and get used to being invoked with prayers."

also St. Lydia Alexandrova, along with her husband, mother and three daughters