Avitus' characterisation in Sidonius' Carm. 7

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Hanaghan, Michael. (2017). Avitus' characterisation in Sidonius' Carm. 7. Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies. 70(2), pp. 262 - 280. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525X-12342174
AuthorsHanaghan, Michael
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In July 455 ad the Roman general Eparchius Avitus was proclaimed Emperor by his soldiers in Arles. Avitus’ son-in-law, Sidonius Apollinaris, delivered a panegyric to mark the new emperor’s first consulship. In this poem Avitus controls his ira to repel the barbarians and counter their fear inducing behaviour. Avitus’ manipulation of the barbarians relies on auctoritas rather than eloquence. Sidonius styles Avitus as an impressive military and political leader, ideally suited to confronting the Vandals and restoring a broken Roma to her former glory.

Year2017
JournalMnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies
Journal citation70 (2), pp. 262 - 280
PublisherBrill
ISSN0026-7074
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525X-12342174
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85014000291
Page range262 - 280
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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