In Praise of Cities and of Men

Robert J. Penella

in Man and the Word

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250932
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933712 | DOI:
In Praise of Cities and of Men

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This chapter presents the orations that Himerius made when he was making his way to Constantinople after having been summoned by the emperor Julian. As he traveled northwards, he made stops at Thessalonica and Philippi before reaching Constantinople. In each of these cities, he delivered at least one public oration. These three surviving orations (Orations 39–41) are presented here, along with a much earlier oration (62), delivered in Constantinople. Himerius arrived in Constantinople some time during Julian's stay there, from December 11, 361, until the middle of June 362. Himerius's primary audience for Oration 41 was not the emperor (or a large number of Constantinopolitans), but his fellow Mithraic initiates. All four orations, being speeches of arrival of a sort, praise the cities in which they were delivered.

Keywords: Himerius; Emperor Julian; orations; Constantinople; Thessalonica; Philippi; classical era

Chapter.  16836 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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