Who was the first to use the epithalamium as a literary form?
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Clipped from: su_ad
· Homer 29.5%
· Sappho 23.4%
An epithalamium is a poetic form written for weddings. It was a poem in praise of the bride and bridegroom and usually sung at the door of the nuptial chamber on the wedding night. The purpose was to bless the couple and predict the good fortune and happiness that awaits them in the years to come. Sappho was the first to use it as a literary form. Her poems inspired Plato to name her "the 10th Muse." Source: Poets.org
· Aristotle 21.1%
An epithalamium (/ˌɛpɪθəˈleɪmiəm/; Latin form of Greek ἐπιθαλάμιον epithalamion from ἐπί epi "upon," and θάλαμος thalamos nuptial chamber) is a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber. This form continued in popularity through the history of the classical world; the Roman poet Catullus wrote a famous epithalamium, which was translated from or at least inspired by a now-lost work of Sappho. According to Origen, Song of Songs might be an epithalamium on the marriage of Solomon with Pharaoh’s daughter.
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