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dc.contributor.advisorStansbury, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBezzone, Francesca Irene Chiara
dc.description.abstractThe narrative structure of the Vita Germani Auctore Constantio is based on its protagonist's spiritual development from man to saint. In the early chapters, Germanus' character is defined by human actions and attitudes, as shown in the moments preceding his epiphany when he fights against election to the see of Auxerre. Germanus' increasing sanctity is marked by the presence of miracles whose rituality is grounded in pragmatic actions related to the world of medicine and liturgy. These miracles are performed through human practices and represent a time in which the human and holy are mixed. The moment of transition to sanctity is described in two pivotal episodes in the vita. In these episodes Constantius uses the symbolism of water and of preternatural recognition to show Germanus' passage to holiness, which is confirmed when he performs a resurrection miracle. Finally, his post mortem sanctification is shown by a miracle performed by his relics. This thesis explores the origins and implications of this structure through semantic analysis of the text and linguistic, historical, and literary comparisons with works from its time and genre. Each chapter of the thesis explores a particular phase in the life of saint, identified by the presence and role of the themes of war, food, and medicine in the narrative development of the text.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectGermanus of Auxerreen_US
dc.subjectConstantius of Lyonen_US
dc.subjectLate antiquityen_US
dc.subjectSaints' livesen_US
dc.subjectSaints and the armyen_US
dc.subjectMedicine and Christianityen_US
dc.subjectFifth century hagiographyen_US
dc.subjectFifth century Gaulen_US
dc.titleDeconstructing the man, constructing the saint: the literary sanctification of Germanus of Auxerre in the "Vita Germani Auctore Constantio" by Constantius of Lyonen_US
dc.contributor.funderNUI, Galway, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studiesen_US
dc.local.noteThis work discusses the evolution from man to saint of Germanus of Auxerre in the "Vita Germani Auctore Constantio", an hagiographical work composed in the late fifth century in Gaul. It does so by analysing the textual presence of the themes of food, medicine and the military.en_US

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