Kryptochristianismen' in spätantiker paganer Hymnik?

TitleKryptochristianismen' in spätantiker paganer Hymnik?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSmolak, K
Ancient AuthorsProclus Atheniensis Phil. (TLG 4036)
JournalActa antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae

It is highly probable that Latin and Greek religious hymns written in hexameters between the early 4th and the early 6th centuries under a more or less evident influence of theological concepts of neoplatonic origin, contain anti-christian polemics expressed indirectly, that ist to say by alluding to Christian terminology. In doing so, the poets make use of exactly the same apologetical method Christian authors had adopted in the period prior to 313 in order to make their own works acceptable also for pagan readers. To prove the existence of so called 'Cryptochristianisms' (a term created by Jacques Fontaine some thirty years ago) in the pagan hymns of the Late Antiquity, three pieces have been analysed, two of them written in Latin (Hymn to Sol, Anthologia Latina 385 Shackleton Bailey, and Tiberianus, poem 4, the 'Versus Platonis de deo') and one in Greek by the famous neoplatonic philosopher, Proclus (hymn 4). []


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