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Religious epic
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1. Definition

The category of religious epic comprises all large-scale poetic works of the genus mixtum (“mixed species/stylistic level”) in which “experienced encounters with the sacred and responsible action by a person directed by the sacred” are articulated [11. 18 f.]. Distancing itself programmatically from mythological epic, which began to be regarded as frivolous and mendacious in late antiquity, its aim was to edify the reader (Edificatory literature), strengthen faith, and give moral instruction […

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Czapla, Ralf Georg, “Religious epic”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026580>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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