Eupolemius

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Eupolemius ("Good War") is a Latin epic poem in two books written before the middle of the 12th century, possibly as early as the 11th. It is the anonymous work of a German-speaking author and belongs to the genre of epic retellings of Biblical stories (Bibelepik in German). It recounts how Jesus saved man through his resurrection. It was first published in 1564 at Basel in Georg Fabricius' Schola Antiquitatum christiano puerili.

The first book is 684 hexameters and the second 779. Both make extensive use of aptronyms. The character of Agatus (from Greek agathos, good) is God the Father; Cacus (from kakos, bad) is Satan; Antropus (from anthropos, human) is Adam; Solima (from Hierosolyma) is Jerusalem; and Messyas is Jesus, the Messiah (from Hebrew).

Further reading[edit]

  • Ronald E. Pepin and Jan M. Ziolkowski. Satires of Sextus Amarcius and Eupolemius. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.
  • Karl Manitius. Eupolemius. Das Bibelgedicht. Monumenta Germaniae historica: Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, 9. Böhlau, 1973 [1996].
  • C. Ratkowitsch. "Der Eupolemius: ein Epos aus dem Jahre 1096?" Filologia Mediolatina 6–7 (1999–2000): 215–71
  • Thomas Gärtner. "Zu den dichterischen Quellen und zum Text der allegorischen Bibeldichtung des Eupolemius." Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters 58 (2002): 549–62.