Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius

Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius

Hardback Transformation of the Classical Heritage

By (author) Himerius, Edited by Robert J. Penella

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 229mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520250931
  • ISBN 13: 9780520250932
  • Edition: 1, Annotated

Product description

This fully annotated volume offers the first English translation of the orations of Himerius of Athens, a prominent teacher of rhetoric in the fourth century A.D. "Man and the Word" contains 79 surviving orations and fragments of orations in the grand tradition of imperial Greek rhetoric. The speeches, a rich source on the intellectual life of late antiquity, capture the flavor of student life in Athens, illuminate relations in the educated community, and illustrate the ongoing civic role of the sophist. This volume includes speeches given by Himerius in various cities as he traveled east to join the emperor Julian, customary declamations on imaginary topics, and a noteworthy monody on the death of his son. Extensive introductory notes and annotations place these translations in their literary and historical contexts.

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Author information

Robert J. Penella is Professor of Classics at Fordham University and author of The Private Orations of Themistius (UC Press), among other books.

Review quote

"A work of great patience and exhaustive scholarship." Int'l Journal Of The Classical Tradition 20091210

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction The Orations Chapter 1. Himerius's Son, Rufinus Chapter 2. In Praise of Cities and of Men Chapter 3. In and Around Himerius's School Chapter 4. Coming and Going in Himerius's School Chapter 5. The Epithalamium for Severus Chapter 6. Imaginary Orations Chapter 7. Orations Addressed to Roman Officials Chapter 8. Miscellaneous Remains Arrangement of Orations and Concordance Bibliography Index