A Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III (Book 3) by R. G. M. Nisbet

By R. G. M. Nisbet

This remark takes severe account of contemporary writing at the Odes. It bargains with specified questions of interpretation, and exhibits how Horace mixed the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and the way he wrote inside of a literary culture with no wasting a hugely own voice. although the booklet isn't really meant for newbies, the editors target all through at clarity.

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7. 4). 37–8. sed Timor et Minae / scandunt eodem quo dominus: Timor et Minae are personified fears from within and threats from without; they are represented as malignant companions that cannot be shaken off (cf. Lucr. 2. 48 ‘curaeque sequaces’, 2. 16. 11 f. ‘curas laqueata circum / tecta volantis’). For scandunt cf. 2. 16. 21 (cited below on 38–9). In our passage 18 H O R AC E : O D ES I I I the verb suggests the height of the new building as opposed to humilis domos (22); after observing the laying of the foundations H’s camera sweeps up to the top floor of the completed building.

253 ff. As valle suggests both lowness and seclusion it makes a contrast with sublime. g. ‘hardy’, ‘simple’, ‘frugal’, and ‘old-fashioned’; cf. 1. 20. 1, 2. 18. 14, epod. 2. , epist. 2. 1. 25. permutem means here ‘take in exchange’ (cf. 2. 12. 23); the compound’s commercial nuance suits H’s rejection of materialism. operosiores describes the over-elaboration of luxury building (cf. Suet. Aug. 72. v. 3), but also suggests that wealth brings nothing but bother; cf. serm. 2. 6. 79 ‘sollicitas . .

J. ; V. Po¨schl, HSCP 63, 1958: 333 ff. ¼ Horazische Lyrik edn. ; E. T. Silk, YClS 13, 1952: 145 ff. ; F. Solmsen, AJP 68, 1947: 337 ff. ; T. Woodman ap. ] 1–8. Let the uninitiated depart; I am teaching new chants to a fresh generation. Know that even dread kings must fear the rule of Jove. 9–16. Men compete in landed wealth and political advantages, but high and low alike are subject to Fate. 17–24. The overweening cannot enjoy their luxury or be lulled to sleep even by music, but sleep does not disdain lowly dwellings and a shady valley.

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