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an ode honoring a bride and bridegroom

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By a close examination of the Epithalamia written in England and Scotland, Ginzel shows how a simple dynastic marriage was raised to an occurrence that would fulfill apocalyptic prophesies and bring about a new Protestant world order.
Like the epithalamia that Puttenham describes, Spenser's wedding song is more interested in consummation than ceremony.
38) Extant marriage contracts are brief and formulaic and, unlike humanist epithalamia, do not follow the rhetorical dictates of classical oratory.
45) The epideictic form and the festive context of epithalamia require that they be laudatory rather than admonitory.
50) These two authors supplied the only surviving examples of ancient epithalamia in prose.
56) Carbone, in particular, expanded on Guarini's models by using a larger pool of classical and contemporary sources, more elaborate arguments, and personal anecdotes in his numerous epithalamia.
In Renaissance epithalamia, orators describe in detail the physical attributes of both brides and grooms.
132) In epithalamia the sexual urge is similarly viewed as a powerful force, which must be controlled and made legitimate through marriage.
Physical descriptions and praise of sexual pleasure in epithalamia have a distinct erotic purpose.
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.
On this imitation, which confirms Catullus's Renaissance repute as a writer of epithalamia, see Morrison, 1963, 54-56.
Besides the chapter on drama, the longest treats epithalamia (100), but most of the others deal with praise genres.
A major tour de force is Cynthia White's contribution on the theme of the rape of Persephone in the Eleusinian mysteries and its reversal in Christian epithalamia, where equality becomes a theme, especially when it is hoped to involve celibacy, childlessness, and immortality.