My research examines the late and post-Roman literary circles in Gaul. Many of the Romano-Gallic aristocrats who made up these circles held positions within the Imperial Roman administration and, later, within the church after Roman authority collapsed. The literature produced within these circles was influenced by their political experiences and classical education in addition to the latest developments of Christian theology and their new ecclesiastical duties. Therefore, they provide a fascinating look at not only a rapidly changing world but also at how the people living through the changes coped with the new challenges. In particular, my research is on the 5th-century priest, Claudianus Mamertus.