Entre la laudatio y la plegaria: la adlocutio sponsalis en los epitalamios neolatinos
Author(s)Antonio Serrano Cueto
Style. Composition. Rhetoric
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
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AbstractThe poetic tradition has established the so-called adlocutio sponsalis at the end of the epithalamia as a common topic. Here the poet, or a divinity (frequently the goddess Venus), adresses the couple to incite them to sexual union and to wish them everlasting love, harmony, happiness, prosperity and descendants. The epideictic rhetoric for the nuptial subject already prescribed the orator to wish these desiderata, especially gathered in a prayer to the gods. In the Latin epithalamia of the 15th-16th centuries we can see some variations of the adlocutio ─sometimes shaped as a Christian prayer─ that emphasize the laudatory features inherited from Antiquity.