At a glance:
- Author: John Milton
- First Published: 1671
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Type of Plot: Epic
- Setting: Holy Land
- Characters: Jesus of Nazareth, Satan
- Genres: Poetry, Epic, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Sin or Original sin, Religion, God, Christianity, Good and evil, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Jesus Christ, Devils or demons, Middle East, Resurrection, Theology, Heaven, Satan or Satanism, First century, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
- Locales: Asia, Holy Land
Jesus of Nazareth is baptized by John the Baptist. This rite is attended by Satan, the Adversary, cloaked in invisibility. Thunderstruck by the pronouncement from Heaven that Jesus is the beloved Son of God, Satan hastily assembles a council of his peers. They choose “their great Dictator” to attempt the overthrow of this new and terrible enemy. God, watching Satan set out on his evil mission, foretells the failure of the mission to the angel Gabriel. The angels sing a triumphant hymn.
Led by the Spirit, Jesus enters the desert and pursues holy meditations....
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