The Christian World Web of Venantius Fortunatus – World Relations and the Carmina
Although the occasional poems of Venantius Fortunatus (Gaul, 6th century C. E.) are manifold in their content and form, they all create relations to a Christian world order that is proven as relevant to their readers through them. These connections of various (everyday-)subjects to and through a “Christian world web” is shown in 8 exemplary texts. On this base, the Carmina can be understood anew as a Christian collection of the early Middle Ages in the tradition of, but also in clear opposition to the Roman collections of Late Antiquity.
- Venantius Fortunatus’ Carmina try to think Christianity as the (sole) principal of world order and make it useable as a source of world relations for their readers.
- The Carmina are clearly different from earlier Christian texts of Late Antiquity, as in them the Roman tradition as source of identity is fully replaced by Christianity – The Christian Elites that the Carmina construct do not need Rome anymore (and never did).
- Venantius Fortunatus’ Carmina are ideologically in line with the works of Gregory of Tours and can be understood better in the context of a common program of the two medieval authors.
- The offers of world relations in the texts function often via the transformation of weak and strong evaluations, as has been said about resonant world relations by Hartmut Rosa (in referring to Charles Taylor).
- Resonant world relations in the Carmina function, at least partly, in the same way H. Rosa is proposing for world relations in modern times; a fundamental difference between premodern porous selfs and modern buffered selfs could not be found in the examination of offers of world relations in the Carmina.