Fasting (<i>Cath</i>. 7)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI:
Fasting (Cath. 7)

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This chapter discusses the poem's themes: the hygiene, discipline, and the spiritual benefits of fasting; the satirical treatment of excessive indulgence; the influence of diatribe; biblical examples of fasting — Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, the Ninevites, Jesus; the narrative of Jonah and the sea-monster and Jonah at Nineveh; the virtues of charity and liberality; and Virgil's influence.

Keywords: fasting; satire; diatribe; Elijah; Moses; John the Baptist; Nineveh; Jesus; Jonah and sea-monster; Jonah at Nineveh

Chapter.  13701 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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