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Heptateuch poet
(147 words)

[German version]

This name was given to the author of a hexameter version of the first 7 books of the Bible, which was falsely ascribed to  Cyprianus in a 9th-cent. manuscript. The poem, probably written in Gaul in the early 5th cent., is the longest (over 5,700 verses) of the Biblical epics from late antiquity. An exception to this metre consists in three hendecasyllablic sections, which correspond to Biblical cantica. Originally, the poem was significantly longer than its current form and included all historical books of the OT (manuscript catalogues refer to …

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Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT), “Heptateuch poet”, 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 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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