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Драконций. Искупление. (перевод с лат. и комментарий)

Никольский И. М.

This work is the first commented Russian translation of the Latin text of Satisfaction (Satisfactio), the work by Blossius Aemilius Dracontius, poet, lawyer, and rhetor who lived in the second half of the 5th century in Carthage, at that moment the capital of Vandal Africa. Author wrote this text while being under arrest. This piece of fiction, addressed to the king of Vandals, is actually a versified appeal for pardon. Simultaneously the author constructs an image of ideal ruler, in accordance with which the addressee of his epistle should act – noting important virtues and giving examples from the past. The text is worthy of attention in context of the problems of evolution of the political ideology in the epoch of transitional period between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. As a supplement a translation of the revised version of Dracontius’ work produced in the 7th century by Eugene II, the Archbishop of Toledo (646–657) is added.