Book Note: The Life of Saint Helia: Critical Edition, Translation, Introduction, and Commentary (edited by Virginia Burrus and Marco Conti; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Perkins: "Naturally, one's appreciation of the Latin prose will be a matter of taste. However, the editors' incisive and varied commentary makes it very evident that the text is a treasury worthy of excavation. It is quite rare that scholars gain access to a "new" text from antiquity that is as rich and promising as the Life of Saint Helia. Burrus and Conti's recovery of this text from obscurity is a gift in that sense, and I look forward to seeing what scholarship its publication will inspire."
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