Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage

Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage

by Phebe Lowell Bowditch

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520226036
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/02/2001
Series: Classics and Contemporary Thought Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Phebe Lowell Bowditch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Note on Translation

Introduction
Gladiatorial Imagery: The Rhetoric of Expenditure
Recent Studies of Horace and Literary Patronage
Autonomy and the Discursive Conventions of Patronage
Literary Amicitia

PART ONE: The Gift Economy of Patronage
Poetry and the Marketplace
The Embedded Economy of Rome
Gift and Delay in the Horatian Chronology

PART TWO: Tragic History, Lyric Expiation, and the Gift of Sacrifice
Pollio’s History and the Purification of Ritual Violence: Odes 2.1
Ritual Devotio and the Lyric Curse: Odes 2.13
The Roman Odes and Tragic Sacrifice
The Gift of Ideology

PART THREE: The Gifts of the Golden Age: Land, Debt, and Aesthetic Surplus
Land, Otium, Art: Eclogue 1
Gratia and the Poetics of Excess: Eclogue 4
The Man Protesteth Too Much: Satires 2.6
The Cornucopia and Hermeneutic Abundance: Odes 1.17

PART FOUR: From Patron to Friend: Epistolary Refashioning and the Economics of Refusal
Epistolary Subjectivity
Dyadic Disequilibrium and the Alternation of Debt: Epistles 1.1
The Duplicitous Speaker of Epistles 1.7
The Economics of Social
Inscription

PART FIVE: The Epistolary Farm and the Status Implications of Epicurean Ataraxia
Pastoral and Privation
The Economy of Otium and the Material Conditions of the Aequus Animus: Epistles 1.14
The Tenuis Imago, or the Vulnerability of an Image: Epistles 1.16

Conclusion: The Gift and the Reading Community

References

Index

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