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Title: A Martino principium?
Subtitle: Literarische und historische Kontexte der Carmina 1,1 und 1,2 des Venantius Fortunatus
Author(s): BAUER, Martin M.
Volume: 81 Issue: 2 Date: 2022
At the beginning of Venantius Fortunatus’ collected poems we read two complementary poems on a church dedicated to St. Andrew by a certain bishop Vitalis. These poems have been interpreted as the author’s earliest, written before he left Italy. However, close analysis of the gallery of saints in carm. 1.2 suggests both a connection with Tridentum and with the contemporary discourse on Chalcedonianism. In combining literary and historical arguments, this article argues that they may have been written during Venantius’ journey to Gaul, in Aguntum, at the behest of schismatic bishop Vitalis of Altinum. Since Vitalis had probably recommended Venantius to his Austrasian colleagues, and had thus promoted the poet’s career in Gaul in the first place, the first poem of the collection has been carefully positioned to honour him.