or Nuptiall Poems upon the Most Blessed and Happie Marriage between .
12) Which epithalamia
would have been available to Claudian when he wrote De raptu?
Although few English poets before Spenser wrote epithalamia, a distinguished number of seventeenth-century poets published these marriage hymns, including Crashaw, Donne, Dryden, Herrick, Jonson, and Marvell, whose works appear in Fielding's library.
27) The epithalamia of Sidonius, Dracontius, and Ennodius have the lovers 'brought together by Cupid and Venus, who waltz through the air in dove-drawn chariots pursued by flocks of Nymphs and Amoretti' (Cameron, pp.
In Catullus's epithalamia
61 and 62, marriage surfaces as a necessary condition for the fulfillment of the gender roles of a young man and woman; within the framework of marriage, Roman men and women are able to embody the values of amor, tides, and pietas, the culmination of which is to provide legitimate citizens for Rome (61.
38) Extant marriage contracts are brief and formulaic and, unlike humanist epithalamia
, do not follow the rhetorical dictates of classical oratory.
In addition to hesitant brides, Herrick's epithalamia
Apart from drawing relations between both texts, Czapla lucidly identifies the references to epithalamia
and other genres of classical antiquity and discusses the function of those references.
With the exception of the epithalamia
and a few other texts, praise of love was restricted to the love elegy, where, however, the poet dealt with his love for his mistress, not for his wife.
28] Moreover, Catullus 64, as one of the exemplary epithalamia
Antiquity wills to the Renaissance, proves to be especially consonant with the thematic contents of "Sur des vers de Virgile," a text concerned for major stretches with the sexual, moral, and social aspects of marriage.
9) Dubrow stops short, however, of assessing the ideological significance of this distinctive feature of Herrick's epithalamia
Besides the chapter on drama, the longest treats epithalamia
(100), but most of the others deal with praise genres.