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Tertullian, de Pallio: A Commentary Vincent Hunink

Tertullian, de Pallio: A Commentary

Vincent Hunink

Published January 1st 2005
ISBN : 9789050634397
Hardcover
331 pages
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De Pallio is one of the strangest and perhaps most difficult texts ever written in Latin. In this speech, presented before a live audience in Carthage around 200 AD, Tertullian defends his radical choice to drop the Roman toga and take up the palliumMoreDe Pallio is one of the strangest and perhaps most difficult texts ever written in Latin. In this speech, presented before a live audience in Carthage around 200 AD, Tertullian defends his radical choice to drop the Roman toga and take up the pallium of philosophers and christians. This theme may seem innocently simple, but it has been elaborated with impressive rhetorical pyrotechnics, couched in deliberately artificial language. And is this speech profoundly christian or shamefully pagan? A work of youth or of old age? Is it a serious apology or satire? Tertullians De Pallio has puzzled scholars for generations, yet it has often been neglected or left aside. In this new edition the text is presented with a new English translation and a full commentary, the first one in English. Much attention is paid to the interpretation of the speakers often obscure words. In addition, the book puts the speech into the context of Latin Second Sophistic. De Pallio emerges as a fascinating text that stands midway between non-christian and christian literature.