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Carmen de martyrio Maccabaeorum
(102 words)

[German version]

The C. (394 hexameters), which in MSS is attributed to  Hilarius of Poitiers or  Marius Victorinus, originates from an unknown author and an unknown period, most likely from the 5th cent. AD. It recounts the death of a mother and her seven sons at the hands of Antiochus, king of Syria (2 Macc. 7; 4 Macc. 8-18). The poem celebrates the unconquerable will of the mother in a series of speeches, which constitute the bulk of the text.

 Bible poetry



R. Peiper, CSEL 23,240-254.

Secondary literature:

D. Kartschoke, Bibeldi…

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Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT), “Carmen de martyrio Maccabaeorum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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