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By Gregson Davis

ISBN-10: 140515540X

ISBN-13: 9781405155403

ISBN-10: 1444319191

ISBN-13: 9781444319194

A spouse to Horace includes a number of commissioned interpretive essays via prime students within the box of Latin literature protecting the whole favourite diversity of works produced through Horace.

  • good points unique essays by way of a variety of top 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 web site routinely pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine nation-state

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4 (whatever the text of line 10) he emphasizes that twice. 34). Before we were quite at Monte Vulture, driving from Naples on our way there in 1986, I remember being charmed to see a two-armed fingerpost roadsign painted “LUCANIA” on one arm and “APULIA” on the other, as if to embody this question. Monte Vulture is several miles long and looms, at its height of blue-gray stone, 3,000 feet above the fertile plain first created around its volcano, extinct half a million years. It is still cooler in summer there at the top, of course, than the plain below, which is why the infant Horace was sent there by his businessman father.

He could have lived the rest of his life in ease in this position, a splendid “job” in both senses of the word, both several ranks higher in the state service than the state’s auctioneers and auction brokers, and far more of a sinecure. The board of scribes to the annually elected quaestors who ran the treasury had the equestrian census, or near it, though the freedmen among them could not wear the ring. Indeed, the office itself cannot have cost less than the equestrian census, because it gave the holder a 4 percent commission on the revenues he registered, and this must have been far more than the 24,000 sesterces the minimum equestrian property could yield at best.

In the end, after the loss at Philippi, Horace expressed no great affection for Brutus at any time in his life. 7 he pictures Brutus as a distant, contemptuous presence, listening to two noisy litigants, both wealthy Romans, in a business case. Brutus does this in his role as provincial governor, on which his right to lead his army was founded. 23–4, for the court of a governor and the governor himself were sometimes addressed even by Romans in language appropriate to regal flattery. But his opponent Rex is the Dog Star, and since Brutus cuts kings’ throats, the satire concludes, why not Rex’s throat also?

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