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The Gospel 'according to Homer and Virgil' : cento and canon / by Karl Olav Sandnes.

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Subject: Homer > Influence.
Virgil > Influence.
Bible. New Testament > Criticism, Textual.
Christian literature, Early > Classical influences.
Christian literature, Early > History and criticism.
Centos > History and criticism.
Christianity and culture > History > Early church, ca. 30-600.
Religion and poetry.
Classical literature > Influence.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9789004194427
  • ISBN: 9004194428
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 280 pages).
  • Publisher: Leiden ; Brill, 2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : the context of the study -- The rhetorical context of biblical epics -- Why imitate classical texts? -- What is a cento? -- Faltonia Betitia Proba : the gospel "according to Virgil" -- Eudocia Athenais : the gospel "according to Homer" -- Summary.
Summary: In the fourth century C.E. some Christians paraphrased the stories about Jesus' life in the style of classical epics. Imitating the genre of centos, they stitched together lines taken either from Homer (Greek) or Virgil (Latin). They thus created new texts out of the classical epics, while they still remained fully within the confines of their style and vocabulary. It is the aim of this study to put these attempts into a historical and rhetorical context. Why did some Christians rewrite the Gospel stories in this way, and what came out of this? On the basis of these Christian centos, it is nat.
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