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Exegesis by distorting pagan myths in Corippus' epic poetry

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This chapter reconsiders and discusses some problems involved in Corippus' poetry and in particular the poet's attitude towards mythology and pagan religion. A revisionist and 'exegetical' approach of the way in which Corippus deals with his classical authorities, that is, how he interprets and rearranges his models into a new context, offers conclusions of some interest. In fact, though deeply permeated by a strong Christian ideology, scholars have been reluctant to count Corippus' poetry among 'patristic' literature or to consider it Christian in a strict sense till recent times, because it is wrapped up in an extreme classicising structure and has indeed no parallel in Christian literature or poetry. The chapter outlines in its complexity the sharp ideological treatment to which Corippus subjects his models, with particular reference to mythology and paganism.

Keywords: Christian ideology; Christian literature; Corippus; epic poetry; mythology; pagan myths; paganism



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