propempticon

Definition

A propempticon is a farewell address to a person about to embark on a journey.

Elements of Propemptica

  • Watching the Ship Depart
  • Invocation of St. Elmo's Fire

Examples

  • Euripides, Helen 1451-1511
  • Statius, Silvae 3.2
  • Horace, Carmina 1.3
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