Postprandial (<i>Cath</i>. 4)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI:
Postprandial (Cath. 4)

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This chapter discusses the themes of the poem: praise of the Trinity; the motif of divine nourishment for body and soul; moderation in diet and behaviour; the narrative of Daniel in the lions' den, and its symbolic interpretation as the spiritual sustenance of biblical prophecy; and the theme of Christians as martyrs, victims of hate and injustice (the possible contemporary significance of this theme — the emperor Julian's anti-Christian policies, the suppression of Priscillianism — is discussed).

Keywords: Daniel and lions; prophecy; martyrdom; Julian; emperor; Priscillianism; Trinity; poetry of praise; food; moderation

Chapter.  8524 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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