Milton’s book of numbers: Book 1 ofParadise Lost and its catalogue

@article{Quint2007MiltonsBO,
  title={Milton’s book of numbers: Book 1 ofParadise Lost and its catalogue},
  author={David Quint},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  year={2007},
  volume={13},
  pages={528-549}
}
  • D. Quint
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Art
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
The various elements of book 1 ofParadise Lost—the action that leads to the building of Pandaemonium, the geography of Hell that combines reminiscences of Biblical Sodom and Egypt together with Virgil’s Carthage and Rome, the content and sequence of the similes—are organized around and symbolically unified by the catalogue of the leading devils from verses 376 to 521. Milton pointedly reverses the order of action in book 2 in theIliad so that his catalogue precedes the calling of a council of… 
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