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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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Orations Addressed to Roman Officials

Orations Addressed to Roman Officials

(p.207) Chapter 7 Orations Addressed to Roman Officials
Man and the Word

Robert J. Penella

University of California Press

Almost half of the pieces presented here address and honor proconsular governors of Greece (Achaia), the province in which Himerius taught, while they were in office. Oration 20 is addressed to Musonius, who is an ex-proconsul of Greece in 362. The honorand of Oration 25 is Scylacius; he held some position in an imperial palace. Himerius addresses Oration 31 to Publius Ampelius, who is attested in office in 359–360. Oration 38 honors Cervonius, whose proconsulship has been conjecturally placed as early as the second half of Constantine's reign and as late as 353–354. Oration 48 honors the proconsul Hermogenes. In this oration some information about the governor's earlier career are given. This chapter also presents Orations 46 and 47, though the addressees of these two orations have been a source of debate.

Keywords:   Himerius, orations, Greece, Roman empire, governors, Emperor Constantine

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