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

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

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Anthony Dykes
Cambridge University Press, 2/24/2011
EAN 9781107004535, ISBN10: 1107004535

Hardcover, 294 pages, 23.5 x 15.8 x 2 cm
Language: English

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.

Introduction
'Prudentius counts'
1. The world projects human responsibility
2. The vocation of a responsible reader
the Biblical strategy
3. The vocation of the responsible reader
the genre strategy
Conclusion
Appendix A. A note on the title of the Hamartigenia
Appendix B. A brief note on the date and circulation of the Vulgate
Genesis.