The Epithalamium Fridi is a sixth-century Virgilian cento that commemorates the marriage of the Vandal noble Fridus with his unnamed bride. Its author, the African poet Luxurius, engages in versatile poetic play fusing Virgil with multiple epithalamial models such as Statius, Claudian, and Ausonius. Through the dynamics of triangular intertextuality the centonist is able to strengthen the wedding poem's generic bonds and to connect himself and his work firmly to the classical Roman tradition. At the same time, echoes of distinctive African idiosyncrasies as prefigured by Dracontius highlight the hybrid character of sixth-century Romano-Vandal elite culture and its celebration of what appears to be a distinctive African Romanness.
A “Roman” Wedding in Vandal Africa: Triangular Intertextuality and Generic Appropriation in Luxurius' Epithalamium Fridi (Anthologia latina 18 Riese2)
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Raphael Schwitter; A “Roman” Wedding in Vandal Africa: Triangular Intertextuality and Generic Appropriation in Luxurius' Epithalamium Fridi (Anthologia latina 18 Riese2). Studies in Late Antiquity 1 March 2020; 4 (1): 114–132. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2020.4.1.114
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