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By Gregson Davis

A spouse to Horace encompasses a selection of commissioned interpretive essays by means of prime students within the box of Latin literature protecting the whole known diversity of works produced through Horace.

  • positive aspects unique essays by means of a variety of best literary students
  • Exceeds expectancies for a standard guide via that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and impression
  • Considers Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessors
  • Treats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical views
  • deals up to date info and illustrations at the archaeological web site routinely pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine nation-state

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4 with which we began. 4 was written separately, or reflects his situation five years earlier as well as at the time of publication), all Italy is open to him. He owns country houses both in the Sabine hills, at what is now Licenza, 4,500 feet above sea level, and farther down at Tibur, now Tivoli, 770 feet above sea level. He can summer at Praeneste, 1,500 22 David Armstrong feet above sea level, and winter at Baiae down on the Gulf of Naples, if he likes, theoretically a health resort with hot baths and sulphur treatments, but also famous throughout both the life and the literature of the Republic and the Empire as (literally) a byword for expense, luxury, and decadence.

Now he is at the margins of the court of the victorious Triumvir, but still at the center of his assertion of this fact is Maecenas, not Octavian. 10–20) that he might be expected to sing Octavian’s conquest of the world, and he deprecates this expectation with The Biographical and Social Foundations of Horace’s Poetic Voice 27 a mock recusatio. But in the Epodes, though Horace rejoices that Caesar won the battle of Actium in 31 BCE shortly before their publication (1 and 9) the two epodes where he exercises the libertas fandi, the parrhêsia, of a Roman knight do not mention Caesar’s name, though their subject is that the Roman state is in evil case from civil wars and needs reforming, or even a mass migration to the Isles of the Blessed in order to cleanse it (7 and 16).

7, represent an uncomfortable and honest acknowledgment on Horace’s part that those who were really up against it in life needed a harder and more uncompromising philosophy than that of Epicurus to deal with their problems. Against that, one might set Horace’s sometimes astonishing (to a modern person) insensitivity, unbuffered by irony, in talking about slaves. Apparently he was wholeheartedly with Augustus in promoting family values—as the Romans understood them. 31–5). Even more startlingly he says in the same poem that “when your private parts swell up, and a maid or a home-born boy is right there” (he means, a slave not remarkable for beauty or bought specially for it) “and you can attack him or her right there, why burst with frustrated lust?

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