Maya Maskarinec deposited “The Carolingian Afterlife of the Damasan Inscriptions.” Early Medieval Europe 23.2 (2015): 129–160 in the group History on Humanities Commons 1 month, 1 week ago
This paper investigates the multiple impulses that contributed to the early medieval interest in Pope Damasus’s inscriptions. In part, Damasus’s verses were read as guides to Rome’s martyrial topography; in part, they served as models of a classicizing Christian style. Above all, the appeal of these verses derived from their association with Damasus himself, who came to be seen as a secure mediator of the early Christian past. Concurrently, the figure of Damasus grew in stature, as a saint marked by his solicitude for the Christian community, whether living or dead.