A Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book II

A Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book II

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The first three books of Horace's Odes were issued together, apparently in the latter part of 23 BC. The second book, however, has a coherence of its own in terms of subject matter, tone of voice, and arrangement. In particular there is a predominance of poems concerned with philosophy, with conduct, and with friendship. This commentary provides the reader with the background knowledge of conventional forms and topics needed to appreciate fully every aspect
of the poems. In particular word-play, literary parallels, and stylistic nuances are highlighted and discussed. The commentary may be used in conjunction with the Oxford Classical Text of Horace edited by E. C. Wickham.
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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 22mm | 464g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0198147716
  • 9780198147718
  • 703,361

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`The present volume fully lives up to the very high expectations aroused by the first ... its users will find it a constant source of information, criticism, stimulus, and understanding.'
Journal of Roman Studies `One cannot praise sufficiently highly the assiduous scholarship that has gone into the making of the commentary.'
JACT Bulletin
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