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The Epithalamium for Severus

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/9780520250932.003.0006
The Epithalamium for Severus

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The epithalamium for Severus, Oration 9, survives in full. Severus either was a continuing student in Himerius's school or had just completed his studies there shortly before his marriage. Oration 21 had been addressed to him as a newly arrived student, and Oration 24 shows that he went on to have a successful career in Roman government. Himerius organizes his epithalamium for Severus, as he tells us in his protheōria, in four parts: prooemium (9.3–6), the question of marriage (9.7–11), an encomium of the spouses (9.12–17), and a description of the bride (9.19–21). This chapter also discusses the different sections of an epithalamium, according to the works of Menander and Himerius.

Keywords: Himerius; orations; classical era; epithalamium; Severus; Roman empire

Chapter.  7271 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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