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Before Dawn (<i>Cath</i>. 1)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0002
Before Dawn (Cath. 1)

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This chapter discusses the themes of Cath. 1: its use of the contrast of night and day symbolizing respectively sin and death, and virtue and Christian hope. Cock-crow represents Christ the teacher and judge. Peter's denial is contrasted with his repentance. The influence of Ambrose's hymns, especially Hymn 1, is discussed.

Keywords: night-day symbolism; cock-crow symbolism; Peter's denial; Ambrose's hymns; hope in Christianity; Christ as teacher and judge

Chapter.  8570 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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