Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

Koln, Dombibliothek, Ms. 81, Early 11th century

folio 120v
Lot taken captive
An unfinished illumination



Source: Koln, Dombibliothek, Ms. 81, Early 11th century
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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