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The Origin of SinAn English Translation of the "Hamartigenia"$
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Aurelius Prudentius Clemens

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801442223

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801442223.001.0001

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The Origin of Sin


, Martha A. Malamud
Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that the Hamartigenia displays a preoccupation with eschatology—the study of “last things,” including both the end of time, which would culminate, Christians believed, in the Apocalypse, and the end of the individual, the “hour of death” that each soul must endure—that is typical of the late antique period. In the final section of the poem, the themes of judgment and vision are closely interwoven, as the poem has taken its eschatological turn and addressed the fate of the soul after judgment—the culmination of the forensic metaphors and language. On that note, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens portrays himself as an active participant in a legal process, even though his role shifts as the poem unfolds.

Keywords:   Hamartigenia, eschatology, Apocalypse, judgment, soul

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