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

By R. G. M. Nisbet

ISBN-10: 0199263140

ISBN-13: 9780199263141

This statement takes serious account of modern writing at the Odes. It offers with distinct questions of interpretation, and indicates how Horace mixed the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and the way he wrote inside of a literary culture with out wasting a hugely own voice. even though the e-book isn't really meant for rookies, the editors goal all through at clarity.

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14. 11); by means of an ellipse (¼ ‘insignes et humiles, summos et imos’) it achieves variety and compression. 16. omne capax movet urna nomen: the urn was shaken; for movere in this sense cf. serm. 1. 9. 30 (where mota . . urna is surely right) and Virg. Aen. 6. 432; eventually a lot jumped out (2. 3. 27 with N–H). omne and capax both carry weight: there is room for all in the urn (Sen. Hf 191 ), as in Charon’s boat (ibid. 775) and the underworld itself (ibid. 659). The line, unusually, has five disyllables, perhaps reflecting the shuffling motion involved.

G. in the allocation of public provinces (Dio 53. 13. 2). insignes et imos is not only a polar expression of the type common in the context of death (N–H on 1. 4. 13 f. and 2. 14. 11); by means of an ellipse (¼ ‘insignes et humiles, summos et imos’) it achieves variety and compression. 16. omne capax movet urna nomen: the urn was shaken; for movere in this sense cf. serm. 1. 9. 30 (where mota . . urna is surely right) and Virg. Aen. 6. 432; eventually a lot jumped out (2. 3. 27 with N–H). omne and capax both carry weight: there is room for all in the urn (Sen.

9 ‘latius regnes’), not ‘at greater intervals’ (Virg. georg. 2. 277 ‘indulge ordinibus’); H is critical of latifundia, and viticulture was particularly profitable. The sulci are the trenches in which the supporting trees were planted (Colum. 5. 6. 10 ‘sulci . . qui arbores recipiant praeparandi’); shallower furrows were dug for the vines (Cato, agr. 49. 2, Virg. georg. 2. 289, Colum. 3. 13. 5), but it was the former that gave the plantation its pattern. sulcis is generally taken as a local ablative, but we are inclined to see it as instrumental (‘arrays plantations with trenches’); cf.

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