IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1323: Latin Sermons in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Organiser:Kurt Smolak, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- & Neulatein, Universität Wien / Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Dorothea Weber, Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1323-aSedulius praedicans or: Why did Sedulius Write his Opus Paschale?
(Language: English)
Victoria Zimmerl-Panagl, Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1323-b'Horace' as a Preacher: The Sermons of Sextus Amarcius (De sermonibus Horatianis Sexti Amarcii)
(Language: Latina)
Kurt Smolak, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- & Neulatein, Universität Wien / Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

In this session three different aspects of medieval Latin preaching will be focused: first its theological purpose; for, in the later Middle ages, like in patristic times, many sermons served to assert orthodoxy against heretical movements. The following papers will deal with modes of conveying ethical, exegetical, and theological subjects – imitating either ancient verse-satire or adopting classical rhetoric: The sermones of Sextus Amarcius, which is a fancy-name, try to present items of Christian moral preaching in the disguise of Horatian satirical sermons; whereas the antagonism of literacy and orality brings about exactly what the great orators of antiquity were striving for.