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The Origin of Sin: An English Translation of the "Hamartigenia"

Aurelius Prudentius Clemens


Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348–c.406) is one of the great Christian Latin writers of late antiquity. He wrote poetry that was deeply influenced by classical writers and in the process he revived the ethical, historical, and political functions of poetry. This aspect of his work was especially valued in the Middle Ages by Christian writers who found themselves similarly drawn to the Classical tradition. Prudentius' Hamartigenia, consisting of a 63-line preface followed by 966 lines of dactylic hexameter verse, considers the origin of sin in the universe and its consequences, culminating with ... More

Keywords: Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, Christian Latin writer, late antiquity, classical poetry, Hamartigenia, origin of sin, judgment day, justice, gender, afterlife

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801442223
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801442223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, author
University, Buffalo