Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and his Readers

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-01-18
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Throughout his work, the Roman poet Horace displays many, sometimes conflicting, faces: these include dutiful son, expert lover, gentleman farmer, man about town, outsider, poet laureate, sharp satirist and measured moraliser. This book features a wide array of essays by an international team of scholars from a number of different academic disciplines, each one shedding new light on aspects of Horace's poetry and its later reception in literature, art and scholarship from antiquity to the present day. In particular, the collection seeks to investigate the fortunes of 'Horace' both as a literary personality and as a uniquely varied textual corpus of enormous importance to western culture. The poems shape an author to suit his poetic aims; readers reshape that author to suit their own aesthetic, social and political needs. Studying these various versions of Horace and their interaction illuminates the author, his poetry and his readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a Roman poet and his readers
Becoming an authority: Horace on his own reception
The ends of the beginning: Horace, Satires 1
Horace's Bacchic poetics
Horace: critics, canons and canonicity
Laying down the law: Horace's reflection in his sententiae
Social status and the authorial personae of Horace and Vitruvius Marden
Writing to the emperor: Horace's presence in Ovid's Tristia 2
Horace, Suetonius, and the Lives of the Greek poets
Two letters to Horace: Petrarch and Andrew Lang
Horace and learned ladies
Vivere secundum Horatium: Otto Vaenius' Emblemata Horatiana
The poet's voice: allusive dialogue in Ben Jonson's Horatian poetry
Theme and variation: Horace in Pope's correspondence
Appropriating Horace in eighteenth-century France
Horace and eighteenth-century commentary
Horace and the Victorians
A late flowering of English Alcaics
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