Deshil eamus

Episode 14, usually called Oxen of the Sun, develops chronologically through a succession of prose styles modeled on English prose writers through the ages—and, here at the beginning, on Latin prose from the time before England became English. The percussive opening paragraphs, beginning with "Deshil Holles Eamus," are chanted in a style suggestive of late Latin fertility rites. [Succeeding styles will be marked with orange links, most of them at the beginning of a paragraph, leading to notes that begin with the heading "New Style."]

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Marble head of a flamen (a pagan priest), ca. 250-260 AD, held in the Louvre, Paris. Source: Wikimedia Commons.