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This concluding chapter provides a summary of the book, which focuses on Christian cento composition of the life of Jesus, by putting this phenomenon into the wider context of rhetoric and literary amusement in antiquity. The Christian centos came to life as part of the culture of playing with, altering and bending the canonical texts. The centos are kept very close to Homer's and Virgil's texts, almost verbatim. This applies to the micro level of the centos in which the detailed mimesis of the classical texts is unfolded. At the micro level, the centonists interfere only slightly with the inherited text. In the Christian centos, the centonists succeeded in keeping the two canonical bodies together. The hypotext represents verba with rhythm and style, while the biblical text furnishes the res or sensus; thus creating a cultural symbiosis.

Keywords: canonical texts; Christian centos; Homer; Jesus; Virgil



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