n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Proclus of Constantinople, on 'All the Saints' ( 34). Translation and analysis

Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Homily 34 of Proclus of Constantinople falls in the category of one of the most popular genres in the homiletic activity of the Early Church, namely the&lt;I&gt; encomium&lt;/I&gt; on martyrs and saints. The purpose of this paper is to analyse Homily 34 against the background of the genre of the martyr homily. An outline of the homily's thought structure precedes the translation, and this is followed by the analysis proper, which includes the following aspects: (1) the commemoration of the saints as literary genre; (2) an analysis of the homily's basic theme, including the notion of honour and shame, as well as the characterisation of the saints and the evil powers involved; (3) the focus then shifts on to the homiletic art of Proclus: his sentence structure as well as features that serve as markers of sentence structures and periods, his use of metaphor and comparison, <I>ekphrasis</I>, and fictitious discourse; the paper is concluded with remarks on (4) the message of the homily.

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