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Martyrium oder Askese?
Paulinus of Nola developed in his fourth Natalicium a contemporary concept of holiness, from the representation and interaction of the two protagonists Felix and Maximus. In place of martyrdom, he placed at the centre of the work a form of 'alternative martyrdom', e.g. asceticism or service to people. The two main characters Felix and Maximus are initially portrayed as two different types and represent two entirely different ideals: the presbyter Felix represents, as a perfect saint-template,doi:10.1515/phil-2016-0005 fatcat:gr7vqm4j2baxdjcezvmpnsc4de