Q. Horati Flacci Epistulae

Q. Horati Flacci Epistulae

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...had previously employed iambic trimeters (to say nothing of the dramatic poets); but Horace in his Epodes had been the first to imitate the more complex 'E1rzp6oL For Epodes I.--X. he used the metre in which most of the extant fragments of the Epodes of Archilochus are written ' metrum Iambicum Senarium Quaternarium ' of the Archilochium IIIn (Epod. XIII.) and IIIm (Epod. XI.), the Pythiambicum I'n (Epod. XIV.) and II"' (Epod. XV. and XVI.), and the Alcmanium (Epod. XII.) we seem to have no specimen preserved from Archilochus. The Archilochium IVm (cp. Archil. fr. I03) is used in Carm. I. 4: the Archilochium 1'" (cp. Archil. fr. 85) in Od. IV. 7, which in spite of its position is probably an early production. It is probable however that Horace in every case had a Greek example before him: cp. Bentley's note on Epode XI. 25. agentia 'which pursued' when Lycambes of Paros refused to give his youngest daughter N eobule to Archilochus, as he had promised to do, the latter assailed him with such bitter verses that he hanged himself. Cp. Epod. V1. I 3. agitare is more common in this sense. 26. brevioribus 'hurnbler' or ' scantier', not, as some have taken it, 'less enduring', like breve lilium (Carm. I. 36, 16), nimium 6re2/er flare: amaenae rosae (ib. II. 3, 14). Horace is arguing in defence of his own originality. It is true, he says, that I imitated the metrer of Archilochus: but so did Sappho and Alcaeus, and no one accuses them of plagiarism, for their themes and style are altogether different: and so are mine. Bentley in one of his most convincing notes first brought out clearly the connexion and interpretation of this passage, which had very...show more

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