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Latin Epics of the New Testament

Roger P. H. Green

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284573
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191713804 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284573.001.0001
Latin Epics of the New Testament

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The topic of the book is three Christian epic poets of Late Antiquity who, though somewhat neglected in modern times, are notable in many ways, especially in their aim of harnessing the tradition of classical Latin epic to the task of presenting the New Testament to the learned readers, whether they be Christian believers or curious enquirers, perhaps put off by the style of Bible translations. This triad were pioneers in their time but their works would soon become staple ingredients of the medieval curriculum. The book carefully introduces each author, setting them in their own contexts and backgrounds (one was from the fourth, one from the fifth, and one from the sixth century), and examines their work in detail. Particular themes illustrated and discussed are their strategies in rendering, sometimes literally, sometimes not, the Biblical narratives, the ways in which they reflect and exploit the classical epic poets in their design, style and vocabulary, and the particular theological agendas which they may pursue, implicitly or explicitly. The book engages fully and critically with recent studies of Biblical epic and investigates critically and in detail numerous other questions. Full details of all modern studies that relate to these poets and their backgrounds are given in a large bibliography.

Keywords: Christian epic; Latin epic; Late Antiquity; New Testament; theology; translation

Book.  464 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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