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Horace: Epistles Book II and Ars Poetica: EPISTLES II ARS POETICA

byRoland Horace HoraceEditorNiall Rudd

Paperback | January 26, 1990

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This volume fulfills the need for a student edition of Horace's literary epistles, which have recently been the subject of renewed scholarly interest. Professor Rudd provides a clear introduction to each of the three poems: the Epistles to Augustus, to Florus, and to the Pisones (the so-called "Ars Poetica"). He sketches the historical context in which the poems were written and comments on their structure and purpose. He also discusses their literary preoccupations: the relations of poet and patron and the role of poetry in the state (Augustus), the problems of a professedly tiring poet (Florus), and the presentation of classical poetic theory ("Ars Poetica"). He notes Horace's influence on later criticism, drawing attention in one section to one of Alexander Pope's Imitations. He also addresses problems of grammar and style, focusing on linguistic difficulties and the subtle movement of the poet's thought.
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: Epistles Book II and Ars Poetica: EPISTLES II ARS POETICAFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.59 inPublished:January 26, 1990Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521312922

ISBN - 13:9780521312929


Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Epistle to Augustus (Epistles 2.1); 2. The Epistle to Augustus (Epistles 2.2); 3. The Epistle to the Pisones (The Ars Poetica); 4. Chronological table; 5. Departures from Brink's text; Q. HORATI FLACCI EPISTVLARUM LIBER SECVNDVS EPISTVLA AD AVGVSTVM EPISTVLA AD FLORVM ARS POETICA; Commentary; Appendix: the status of the Private Odes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Rudd has performed a valuable service in bringing us into the 1990's on the Literary Epistles of Horace, carefully assessing the monumental research of C.O. Brink and assimilating it ably, but with independence, to the purposes of this commentary. As a result, we now have the best and most up-to-date analysis of these three important poems that is available in any language, let alone English." Classical World