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The Carmen ad uxorem and the genre of the Epithalamium

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The genre of the epithalamium forms the main thread of the thematic texture of the Carmen ad uxorem and the epithalamium of Paulinus is possibly one particular literary model. The ascetic life of Paulinus and his wife constitutes an example of Christian marriage, and Paulinus' poem 25 is the model of the Christian epithalamium, which pointedly subverts and reinterprets in a Christian context some topoi of the pagan wedding poems. The rich presence of echoes from pagan and Christian texts and the many thematic variations reveal a high level of doctrina in the author of the Carmen ad uxorem. This poem was certainly conceived for the taste and knowledge of an educated reader who was able to appreciate the effective subversion of the prominent role that sexuality had in pagan wedding poems into the antithetical value of spiritual marriage and sexual chastity of Christian ascetic marriage.

Keywords: carmen Ad Uxorem; Christian epithalamium; Christian literature; pagan literature; Paulinus; sexual chastity; spiritual marriage



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