Reading Sin in the World: The Hamartigenia of Prudentius and the Vocation of the Responsible Reader

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 2011 - Literary Criticism
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Prudentius is one of the major Latin poets of antiquity. A Christian living and writing in Spain in the late fourth and early fifth centuries, he was thoroughly imbued with the whole tradition of Latin poetry. The Hamartigenia is a didactic poem exploring the origins of evil and how it operates in the world. It is full of echoes and reworkings of earlier poems by Lucretius, Virgil and others, but is also a serious contribution to this important theological issue which was much discussed in Church circles of the day. This is a major new study of the Hamartigenia in the context of Prudentius' work as a whole and is striking for being as seriously interested in its theological as in its literary contribution.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Prudentius counts
1
Chapter 2 The world projects human responsibility
39
Chapter 3 The vocation of the responsible reader the biblical strategy
102
Chapter 4 The vocation of the responsible reader the genre strategy
174
Chapter 5 Conclusion
245
Appendix A A note on the title of the Hamartigenia
249
Appendix B A brief note on the date and circulation of the Vulgate Genesis
252
Bibliography
255
Index
271
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Anthony Dykes is a Research Fellow in the Department of Classics at the University of Manchester. This is his first book.

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