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Horace: Satires Book I

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Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521452205

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  • Horace's first book of Satires is his debut work, a document of one man's self-fashioning on the cusp between Republic and Empire and a pivotal text in the history of Roman satire. It wrestles with the problem of how to define and assimilate satire and justifies the poet's own position in a suspicious society. The commentary gives full weight to the dense texture of these poems while helping readers interpret their most cryptic aspects and appreciate their technical finesse. The introduction puts Horace in context as late-Republican newcomer and a vital figure in the development of satire and discusses the structure and meaning of Satires I, literary and philosophical influences, style, metre, transmission and Horace's rich afterlife. Each poem is followed by an essay offering overall interpretation. This work is designed for upper-level students and scholars of classics but contains much of interest to specialists in later European literature.

    • Argues for a new interpretation of Satires I as the product of both a sophisticated education and a volatile political period
    • Gives full weight to the dense texture of the poems while helping readers interpret their most cryptic aspects and appreciate their technical finesse
    • Takes into account the recent explosion of scholarship on Horace's satirical works
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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521452205
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Text
    Commentary.

  • Author

    Horace

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    Emily Gowers, University of Cambridge
    E. J. Gowers is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Her first book, The Loaded Table (1993), about the representation of food in Latin literature, won the Premio Langhe Ceretto in 1994. With William Fitzgerald, she co-edited Ennius Perennis (Cambridge Classical Journal supplementary volume 31, 2007), to which she contributed a chapter and the introduction. She has written numerous articles on Roman satire and has also published widely on other aspects of Latin literature and culture, including Apuleius, Columella, Ovid, Terence, Valerius Maximus, Virgil, Roman food, trees, Sicily, the Emperor Augustus and the Cloaca Maxima. She regularly reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and other journals.

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