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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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The Epithalamium for Severus

The Epithalamium for Severus

(p.141) Chapter 5 The Epithalamium for Severus
Man and the Word

Robert J. Penella

University of California Press

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

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