A literary work is permanently reinvented, as it is not a product, but a process implying both the author and its readers. ?Anatolida sau Omul şi Forţele? (1870) represents Ion Heliade Rădulescu's major epic, an outstanding synthesis of religious, mythological and bookish influences that outline mankind's history, from The Genesis to the first fratricide. This paper offers a new approach to the text, too often blamed for the Italian spelling, by emphasizing its unprecedented ? in the Romanian literature ? content and its vivid imagery.