The Psychomachia is our text this week.
Let us consider the
landscape and characters of these poems. What role do allegorical images
have in the modification of one's self? Are they abstractions of varied internal processes,
of dispositions, of inalienable characteristics of the psyche? In other words, is Prudentius an early Freudian? Or are they descriptions of culturally-determined ideas, whose governance over our means of expression determines how we describe our inner lives?
Some images: Anglo-Saxon (CCCC 23, s.x) and AS British Library images; French (s.xi); list of European manuscripts and early printed books of Prudentius.
1) Prudentius, Psychomachia,
2) Curtius, ch 13,
pp. 228-246; ch. 9, pp. 167-182; ch. 10, pp. 183-202.