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Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22, 11th century

Abraham and Lot

folio 2v upper

Lot is captured by the four heathen kings

QVATTVOR REGES GENTIVA IOS ORO RANTEM LOTH PENTA PREDA BOLITI SVNT


folio 2v lower

The victors drive the captives

VICTORES MINANT CAPTIVOS


folio 3r

Abraham pursuing the predators

POST PREDONES ABRAHAM CURRIT


folio 3v

Lot returns, with sheep, recovered from the enemy

EREPTVS CUM OVIS HOSTIBUS LOTH REVERTITVR


Image Source: Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22
Latin text: The Latin Library
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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