SEDULIUS. fl. 425-450. According to early biographical notices, Sedulius, sometimes called Caelius, was a native of Italy who wrote his works in Greece during the reigns of Theodosius II and Valentinian III, that is to say, in the second quarter of the 5th century. His most celebrated work, a biblical epic called the Paschale Carmen, was already in circulation in Rome by the end of the 5th century and became a popular school text used widely during the Middle Ages and well into the early modern period. Sedulius was also famous as a hymn writer. His name is sometimes mentioned in the manuscript tradition, along with those of Ambrose*, Prudentius*, and Gregory the Great*, as one of the...

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