A reassessment of the intertextual horizon of Sidonius’ epithalamium for Polemius and Araneola (carm. 15) and, in particular, of its mostly unexplored relationship to Claudian’s panegyric of Mallius Theodorus and to Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii discloses the philosophical background of features such as the unconventional incipit focused on Minerva, the antinomy between the duo templa and the choice of the decorative themes of the garments woven by Araneola and three of her companions. Moreover, the concurrent reprises of some disengaged hypotexts (not only Ovid’s Metamorphoses, but also Propertius’ elegies and Persius’ satires) show how this poem exploits an experimental dialectic of genres to thematize in a playful key the contrast between the ideal of theoretical life and the cult of conjugal eros.
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