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De Iona
(133 words)

[German version]

(105 hexameters) belongs to a group of pseudonymous biblical poems, presumably from the 5th cent. (the MSS attribute them to  Tertullianus). It comes from the same pen as  De Sodoma the content of which its opening part extends by a comparison of the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah with that of Niniveh. The poem follows the narration in Jon 1,1-2,1 with a poetically perfect description of a storm at sea. The last verses describe Jonah in the belly of the sea monster, which is interpreted as a symbol for Christ's d…

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Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT), “De Iona”, 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 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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