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Virgil RecomposedThe Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity$
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Scott McGill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.001.0001

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Weddings, Sex, and “Virgil the Maiden”

Weddings, Sex, and “Virgil the Maiden”

The Cento Nuptialis and the Epithalamium Fridi

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(p.92) 5 Weddings, Sex, and “Virgil the Maiden”
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Virgil Recomposed
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.003.0005

This chapter returns to the 4th-century CE Ausonius and examines his Cento Nuptialis along with the other Virgilian cento on the topic of a wedding, Luxurius' Epithalamium Fridi. The major interest is to examine the works as occasional poems, and to explore how their identity as centos complicates that status. The chapter also analyzes how the centos contain inset parodies of Virgil in their obscene accounts of a bride's deflowering, and investigates different ways of reading those passages allusively.

Keywords:   Ausonius, Luxurius, Valentinian, Gratian, epithalamium, cacemphaton

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