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

Horace: Odes Book I

by Horace, Roland Mayer
     
 
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521854733
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Series:
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Roland Mayer is Professor of Classics at King's College London.

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