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.
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
Robert J. Penella is Professor of Classics at Fordham University and author of The Private Orations of Themistius (UC Press), among other books.
“Robert J. Penella has now published the first English translation of what survives of Himerius’ speeches. Given the textual, historical, chronological, and rhetorical problems, and the need to evaluate much specialized bibliography, this is a work of great patience and exhaustive scholarship, complementing Penella’s fine translations of The Private Orations of Themistius (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).”—Int’l Journal Of The Classical Tradition
“An important and timely contribution.”—Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR)
"This important book by a superior scholar makes Himerius' speeches accessible for the first time in English. "—Timothy Barnes, author of Constantine and Eusebius