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By R. G. M. Nisbet

This remark takes severe account of modern writing at the Odes. It offers with designated 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. notwithstanding the e-book isn't really meant for novices, the editors objective all through at clarity.

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Epist. 119. 7 ‘numquam parum est quod satis est’. As H’s countryman is assumed (not wholly realistically) to have quod satis est, he does not need to worry about survival. Ancient moralists of various schools preach on this text; cf. Epic. fr. 473 Usener ¼ V 68 Bailey ˇPäbí ƒŒÆíeí fiøffl Oºßªïí ôe ƒŒÆíüí, G. A. , Krenkel on Lucil. 205 ff. (¼ 203 ff. M). desidero, like the English ‘want’, can mean either ‘desire’ or ‘need’; here it has to mean the former. 25–6. neque / tumultuosum sollicitat mare: though H professes to be talking of the contented man, he goes on to give two vignettes of the opposite, as so often in the Satires.

Also Cic. Att. 4. 15. 5); H seems to have been influenced in particular by Virg. georg. 2. 469 f. ‘frigida tempe / mugitusque boum mollesque sub arbore somni’. The exotic word, here balancing zephyris, associates the Italian countryside with idealized Greek landscapes. 25. desiderantem quod satis est: cf. 3. 16. 44, serm. 1. 1. 62, epist. 1. 2. 46 ‘quod satis est cui contingit nil amplius optet’, Sen. epist. 119. 7 ‘numquam parum est quod satis est’. As H’s countryman is assumed (not wholly realistically) to have quod satis est, he does not need to worry about survival.

326b, Cic. Tusc. 5. 100, Athen. 518c, paroem. Gr. 1. 158, Otto 321. 1 . O D I P RO FA N V M V V L G V S 13 A luxurious banquet was the traditional setting for the story of Damocles (Cic. Tusc. 5. 62 ‘mensae conquisitissimis epulis exstruebantur’, Amm. Marc. 29. 2. 4, Euseb. praep. evang 8. 14. 29, Sidon. epist. 2. 13. 7); it is relevant that, as noted in the introduction, Augustus encouraged frugality. The grandiose dapes can be contrasted with ‘mundae . . pauperum / cenae’ (3. 29. ). elaborare is rare in the active (cf.

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