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In Genesin ad Leonem papam
(85 words)

[German version]

(204 hexameters), falsely ascribed in the MSS to  Hilarius of Poitiers, is dedicated to Pope Leo I (440-461). After a hymnic introduction, the largest part of the poem tells the creation story; a short conclusion reports the fall of man, the flood, and the prospects for redemption. The portrayal of nature shows the influence of  Lucretius,  Vergilius (esp. Georgica) and the cosmogony in Ov. Met. 1.

 Biblical poetry



R. Peiper, CSEL 23, 231-239.

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Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT), “In Genesin ad Leonem papam”, 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 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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