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Man and the WordThe Orations of Himerius$
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Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250932

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250932.001.0001

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In Praise of Cities and of Men

In Praise of Cities and of Men

(p.34) Chapter 2 In Praise of Cities and of Men
Man and the Word

Robert J. Penella

University of California Press

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

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