A Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book I

A Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book I

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Horace's Odes are among the most popular, and the most misunderstood, of ancient writings. The present work is written in the belief that they are learned poems, which demand some knowledge of conventional forms and topics. Each ode is provided with an introduction which sets it against its Greek and Roman literary background. This edition may be used in conjunction with the Oxford Classical Text edited by E. C. Wickham. The commentary includes a large
number of parallel passages, chosen to show how Horace plays new variations on old themes; it is hoped that these may prove useful to commentators on other ancient poets. The book also contains sections on chronology and metre, and a select bibliography is attached to each ode.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 30mm | 657g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 019814914X
  • 9780198149149
  • 978,247

Table of contents

The "Odes" and their literary form; the chronological setting of "Odes I-II"; the metres of the "Odes"; the ancient commentators.
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' The appearance of this commentary is a notable event in the world of Horatian scholarship. Only one book of the Odes is considered, there is no Latin text and no discussion of manuscripts; but for these very reasons the authors have been able to include more information, more illustrative material, and more scholarly argument than any of their predecessors.' Hermathena 'a great commentary of lasting importance and an essential possession for anyone seriously interested in ancient poetry'
Journal of Roman Studies
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About R. G. M. Nisbet

R. G. M. Nisbet, Corpus Christi Professor of Latin Language and Literature, Oxford, and Margaret Hubbard, formerly Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford
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