A Companion to Horace by Gregson Davis

By Gregson Davis

A significant other to Horace incorporates a selection of commissioned interpretive essays via top students within the box of Latin literature overlaying the complete wide-spread variety of works produced by way of Horace.

  • good points unique essays through a variety of prime literary students
  • Exceeds expectancies for a standard instruction manual by way of 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
  • bargains up to date details and illustrations at the archaeological website generally pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine geographical region

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Horace was one of these iudices. It was a time-consuming occupation for gentlemen of leisure, similar to the duties of a landed gentleman or rich Londoner who is “justice of the peace” in a Victorian novel. These also were required, not to be legal experts, but to have legal experts (juris consulti) accessible for consultation, and, like Roman iudices, were unpaid, and expected to be vital elements in the maintenance of order and upper-class rule. 5). Recognized moral character in business matters was required for this office, as his father had told him (he claims) in his boyhood, not just in business matters, but even in sexual relations.

4), but his power is not a theme. Just as the Triumvirate ended and Octavian became master of the world, but before his return to Rome (cf. Satires 2 and the Epodes, which date to 30 BCE), Horace’s role has changed a little. 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.

He was a freedman’s son, and it was important to him, and presumably to Maecenas’ circle, including the future Augustus, to create a self-portrait explaining his title to be among them. But all the equestrian poets who mention their rank, and many like Lucretius and Vergil who do not explicitly do so, are assuming The Biographical and Social Foundations of Horace’s Poetic Voice 25 not just the otium equestre, the equestrian leisure from senatorial politics, but the libertas equestris, the freedom of speech and comment, which their property and rights and interest in the welfare of the Roman state give them.

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