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By Gregson Davis

ISBN-10: 140515540X

ISBN-13: 9781405155403

ISBN-10: 1444319191

ISBN-13: 9781444319194

A spouse to Horace contains a selection of commissioned interpretive essays by means of major students within the box of Latin literature masking the full regular variety of works produced via Horace.

  • positive aspects unique essays via a variety of major literary students
  • Exceeds expectancies for a standard instruction manual via that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and effect
  • Considers Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessors
  • Treats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical views
  • deals updated details and illustrations at the archaeological website routinely pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine nation-state

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Augustus’ letters to Horace and to Maecenas were there for Suetonius to cite, preserved in the palace files, but what we have of the Life does not cite their replies. But if Horace had not been a complete master of Latin prose styles, formal and informal (we can know from his poetic transformations of epistolary style in Epistles 1 that he was a student of such models as Cicero’s correspondence), a shrewd and politic manager of people, and a hard worker when he worked, Augustus would not have made him this offer.

8) was already building a palace on the Esquiline that astounded all Rome by its magnificence and yet did not think the Senate worth entering, he would rather keep his leisure than overcome doubts about his birth on the part of the public by offering himself at the election, or risk more doubts from any possible set of censors that came along. His right to be eques Romanus was presumably already secure. Moreover, he would be merely wasting time and money. “Tillius” was compelled, first as quaestor and then praetor, to appear in public with servos sequentes, a train of five slaves, in Tillius’ case carrying his chamber-pot and wine-jar (107).

Indeed, you could be like Horace’s immensely rich patron Maecenas or (at a more reasonable level) Cicero’s friend Atticus, who had two million sesterces of census, which made him moderately rich, and twelve million after an inheritance, which made him very rich. And still, like both these men, you could refuse to enter the Senate, and simply keep the rank of eques Romanus. Horace’s colleague in poetry, Vergil, another rich knight, died worth twenty million sesterces, richer even than Atticus. At all levels, the equestrian class was proud of its business abilities and its endless interactions with greater people as patrons and clients.

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