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Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD

folio 59r lower right
patience et job sur le champ de bataille

Patience and Job on the battlefield


PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array [of Vices]

Source: Biblioteque nationale de France
Prudentius (born in 348 in northern Spain, died after 405) spent most of his life following worldly pursuits, but later turned to writing, in which he aimed to glorify God and atone for his earlier sins. One of his most popular works is a poem called Psychomachia (Conflict of the Soul), which describes the battles between female personifications of human virtues and vices.

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