Horace: Epistles Book II and Ars Poetica: Epistles II and Ars Poetica

Horace: Epistles Book II and Ars Poetica: Epistles II and Ars Poetica

Paperback Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Language: English / Latin

By (author) Horace, Edited by Niall Rudd, Series edited by P. E. Easterling, Series edited by Philip Hardie, Series edited by Richard Hunter, Series edited by E. J. Kenney


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  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 202mm x 18mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521312922
  • ISBN 13: 9780521312929
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 707,616

Product description

This commentary fulfils the need for a student edition of Horace's literary epistles, which have recently been the subject of renewed scholarly interest. Professor Rudd provides a clear introduction to each of the three poems: the Epistles to Augustus, to Florus, and to the Pisones (the so-called 'Ars Poetica'). He sketches the historical context in which the poems were written, and comments on their structure and purpose. Attention is paid to the literary preoccupations of the individual epistles: the relations of poet and patron, and the role of poetry in the state (Augustus), the problems of a (professedly) tiring poet (Florus), and the presentation of classical poetic theory in the 'Ars Poetica'. Horace's influence on later criticism is noted, and there is a brief section on one of Alexander Pope's Imitations. In his commentary on the text Professor Rudd addresses problems of grammar and style, focusing on linguistic difficulties and on the subtle movement of the poet's thought.

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"Rudd has performed a valuable service in bringing us into the 1990's on the Literary Epistles of Horace, carefully assessing the monumental research of C.O. Brink and assimilating it ably, but with independence, to the purposes of this commentary. As a result, we now have the best and most up-to-date analysis of these three important poems that is available in any language, let alone English." Classical World

Table of contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Epistle to Augustus (Epistles 2.1); 2. The Epistle to Augustus (Epistles 2.2); 3. The Epistle to the Pisones (The Ars Poetica); 4. Chronological table; 5. Departures from Brink's text; Q. HORATI FLACCI EPISTVLARUM LIBER SECVNDVS EPISTVLA AD AVGVSTVM EPISTVLA AD FLORVM ARS POETICA; Commentary; Appendix: the status of the Private Odes; Bibliography; Index.