Study Guide

A Canticle for Leibowitz Allusions

By Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Allusions

Paul Brians's excellent translation of A Canticle's Latinate phrases helped us to find some of these more obscure shout-outs. Thank you, Professor Brians.

Literary and Philosophical References

Bible Verse References

  • Matthew 4:1-4 (1.40)
  • Matthew 3:13-17 (1.78)
  • John 13:34 (5.17)
  • Micah 6:3 (5.18)
  • Psalms 133:1 (7.31)
  • Psalms 51:1-3 (7.88)
  • 1 Corinthians 13:11 (8.23)
  • Genesis 32:22-33 (10.55)
  • Genesis 28:16-17 (11.2)
  • John 21:16 (11.9)
  • Matthew 26:42 (13.23, 14.95)
  • Isaiah 9:7 (16.3)
  • Isaiah 9:6 (16.7)
  • Revelation 17:3-5 (16.13)
  • Isaiah 11:6 (17.51)
  • Genesis 1:1-5 (18.23-36)
  • Genesis 1:27 (22.64)
  • Luke 23:34 (22.68)
  • Luke 2:29-30 (22.132)
  • Genesis 3:5 (22.150)
  • Matthew 6:30 (24.96)
  • Mark 14:30 (24.98)
  • Joshua 10:12-14 (24.184)
  • John 19:15 (26.13)
  • Psalms 35:23 (26.55)
  • Matthew 4:10 (26.56)
  • Psalms 91:6 (26.65)
  • Psalms 22:27 (26.67)
  • 1 Corinthians 10:17 (26.72)
  • Psalms 22:31 (26.74)
  • Mark 12:17 (27.35)
  • Genesis 3:13 (27.69)
  • Luke 18:16 (28.93)
  • Matthew 25:41 (28.93)
  • Matthew 21:12 (28.93)
  • Matthew 8:8 (29.96)
  • Luke 1:46-56 (29.100, 29.101)

Religious (Mostly Catholic) References

Biblical Character and Place References

  • Job (1.81, 18.1)
  • Noah (6.7)
  • Moses (6.21)
  • King David (7.88)
  • Sheba and Solomon (12.109, 13.10)
  • Ezekiel (13.2)
  • Abraham (14.95)
  • The Prodigal Son (16.10)
  • Methuselah (16.37)
  • Adam (16.96, 22.63, 22.72, 26.13, 28.104, 29.59)
  • Manasses (16.152)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (16.152)
  • Pharaoh (16.152, 18.9)
  • Caesar (16.152, 24.16, 26.13, 28.177)
  • Samuel the Prophet (16.152)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (18.9, 26.56)
  • Legion (18.13)
  • Jesus' Crown of Thorns (20.50)
  • Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (22.90)
  • Eve (24.19, 24.24, 29.25)
  • Eden (24.24, 26.57, 26.59, 28.104, 29.66)
  • Lazarus (25.162)
  • Cain (26.9)
  • Jacob (26.9)
  • King Herod (26.13)
  • Judas Iscariot (18.9, 26.13)
  • The Burning Bush (26.58)
  • The Exodus of Egypt (26.89)
  • Golgotha (28.93)

Mythology References

  • Beelzebub (1.29)
  • Angelology (2.11)
  • Succubus (3.39)
  • Satan (10.9)
  • Dryad (14.79)
  • Archangel (18.9, 26.88)
  • Lucifer (18.9, 24.20, 28.49, 30.3)
  • Merlin (24.24)
  • St. George (24.62)
  • Gaia (24.184)
  • Phoenix (25.27)
  • Cockatrice (25.111)
  • The River Styx (29.56)

Historical References

  • The White House (6.4)
  • Magi (6.7)
  • Hitler (6.21)
  • Cyrus the Great (16.152)
  • Pikadon (18.9)
  • Manifest Destiny (24.2)
  • Nazi Marching Song (24.15)
  • Babylon (24.16, 25.27)
  • Pompeii (24.16)
  • Hiroshima (24.17)
  • Assyria (25.27)
  • Egypt (25.27)
  • Greece (25.27)
  • Carthage (25.27)
  • Rome (25.27)
  • The Empires of Charlemagne (25.27)
  • The Turks (25.27)

Science References