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In and Around Himerius's School

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250932.003.0004
In and Around Himerius's School

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Two of the orations presented here, 34 and 35, concern the recruitment of new students. Oration 34 is addressed to the physician and comes Arcadius, who is considering enrolling his son in Himerius's school. Oration 34 courts Arcadius directly. Not all fathers of potential pupils would have been so courted and honored. But Arcadius was no ordinary father; he had been awarded the imperial title comes. Oration 35 is addressed to a group of disaffected students by other sophists. They have left other sophists and have transferred to Himerius's school. Himerius goes on to give the newly enrolled students a lecture on the importance of stylistic variety (Orations 68 and 74). Three pieces presented here, Orations 16, 65, and 66, are concerned with student disorders. The last parts of this chapter present the contents of five orations on a variety of themes (I3.I–5; 19; 22; 68; and 74).

Keywords: Himerius; orations; classical era; Arcadius; sophists

Chapter.  20023 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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