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Late Antiquity Poetry
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This entry explores the revival of poetry as a medium of literary communication in the period of Late Antiquity (third-sixth centuries CE). It suggests that the emerging force of Christianity had a profound effect on poetic discourse and that, as a result, poetry once again became an important platform for debate about key societal concerns: the relationship between Classical culture and Christianity, and the meaning of Late Antiquity itself.

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Robert Shorrock, “Late Antiquity Poetry”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000207>
First published online: 2013

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