Synopses & Reviews
Horace is a central author in Latin literature. His work spans a wide range of genres, from iambus to satire, and odes to literary epistle, and he is just as much at home writing about love and wine as he is about philosophy and literary criticism. He also became a key literary figure in the regime of the Emperor Augustus. In this volume a superb international cast of contributors present a stimulating and accessible assessment of the poet, his work, its themes and its reception. This provides the orientation and coverage needed by non-specialists and students, but also suggests fresh and provoking perspectives from which specialists may benefit. Since the last general book on Horace was published half a century ago, there has been a sea-change in perceptions of his work and in the literary analysis of classical literature in general, and this territory is fully charted in this Companion.
Horace is a central author in Latin literature and his work spans a wide range of genres. In this volume a superb international cast of contributors present a fresh assessment of the poet, his work, its themes and its reception, aimed primarily at students and non-specialists.
Fresh and accessible assessment of Horace and his work, the first to be published in half a century.
About the Author
Stephen Harrison is Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
Table of Contents
Introduction Stephen Harrison; Part I. Orientations: 1. Horace: life and chronology Robin Nisbet; 2. Horatian self-representations Stephen Harrison; 3. Horace and archaic Greek poetry Gregory Hutchinson; 4. Horace and Hellenistic poetry Richard Thomas; 5. Horace and Roman literary history Richard Tarrant; 6. Horace and Augustus Michèle Lowrie; Part II. Poetic Genres: 7. The Epodes: Horace's Archilochus? Lindsay Watson; 8. The Satires Frances Muecke; 9. The Epistles Rolando Ferri; 10. The Ars Poetica Andrew Laird; 11. Carmina: Odes and Carmen Saeculare Alessandro Barchiesi; Part III. Poetic Themes: 12. Philosophy and ethics John Moles; 13. Gods and religion Jasper Griffin; 14. Friendship, patronage and Horatian sociopoetics Peter White; 15. Wine and the symposium Gregson Davis; 16. Erotics and gender Ellen Oliensis; 17. Town and country Stephen Harrison; 18. Poetics and literary criticism Richard Rutherford; 19. Style and poetic texture Stephen Harrison; Part IV. Receptions: 20. Ancient receptions of Horace Richard Tarrant; 21. The reception of Horace in the Middle Ages Karsten Friis-Jensen; 22. The reception of Horace in the Renaissance Michael McGann; 23. The reception of Horace in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries David Money; 24. The reception of Horace in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Stephen Harrison; Dateline for works and major political events.