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Horace: <EM>Odes</EM> Book I

byHoraceEditorRoland Mayer

Paperback | May 21, 2012

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In the first book of odes, Horace presents himself to his Roman readers in a novel guise, as the appropriator of the Greek lyric tradition. He aspired to add a new province to the empire of the national literature. The first book is designed both to establish Horace's engagement with his Greek predecessors and to create a role for lyric poetry in contemporary Rome. The collection of thirty-eight poems is therefore a dazzling feat of poetic appropriation and innovation, a blend of the public and the private voice of the poet. Classic Greek songs are evoked so as to provide a springboard for reflections on moral and political issues, for the praises of gods and men, friends and public figures, for celebration of love and drinking. This edition will enable students and their instructors to enter and enjoy Horace's lyric world.
Horace is one of the most noted poets and satirists of Ancient times. Born Quintus Horatius Flaccus, to a former slave in 65 B.C., Horace was taken to Rome and Athens to be educated. He joined Brutus's army after the assassination of Julius Caesar, and later came under favor of the emperor Octavian. Horace used his observations of poli...
Title:Horace: <EM>Odes</EM> Book IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:253 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:May 21, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521671019

ISBN - 13:9780521671019


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Lyric impulse and lyric challenge; 2. Technical challenges of lyric; 3. The architecture of the ode; 4. The arrangement of the book; 5. Dates of composition and publication; 6. Transmission of the text and the tradition of comment; 7. Interpretation: a note.