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Coming and Going in 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/9780520250932.003.0005
Coming and Going in Himerius's School

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Arrivals at and departures from Himerius's school in Athens were often occasions for oratory. There are enough examples of Himerian oratory associated with such occasions to warrant examining them here as a group. Four of the pieces (11, 30, 63, and 64) concern Himerius's own comings and goings. The meager remains of Oration 11 are from a “syntactic” or farewell talk that he delivered to his pupils at Athens when he was about to depart for a visit to Corinth. Himerius delivered Orations 30, 63, and 64 upon returning to Athens, 30 upon returning from Corinth—whether this was the same visit that Oration 11 refers to is not clear—and 63 upon returning from a visit to his original homeland, Bithynian Prusias. Oration 64 gives no indication of where he had returned from when he delivered it. In Oration 30 he appropriately stresses the sadness he felt abroad, as he yearned for those he had left behind in Athens.

Keywords: Himerius; orations; classical era; Athens; Corinth

Chapter.  16659 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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