Now scientists in Cambridge are developing pigs with human genes which could provide a limitless supply of organs for transplant.
(Radio Times, 1st March 1995)
Latin scholarship through the years did not exactly splash out on this pig's whisper of a carmen, 3.22. Stunted notices regularly saw it off as ‘a traditional invocation’—just a coda and confirmation for 3.21—and it is securely penned into the Hellenistic dedicatory ‘Epigrammstypus’. Yet the poet has indeed set t/his tree off against the poetic wood that lines the continui montes of Odes I-III. In that company, the poem primes a cultural reading by framing the interpretivity of its performance against all the other scenarios. As a recurrent event in Roman pedagogy and classical reading-culture to this very moment (these very moments), it pushes us to enact religio as a modality of agent self, mobilised within the social imaginary of formative environment and temporality, and modelling a contribution to the formation of that sociality. The challenge to Horace, as to other ancient magi and musers such as Cicero, Varro and Augustine, is not not the same that faces modern gurus and pundits writing Roman religion: but poetry conscripts its readers for its project, animating the Roman religion it re-invents and activates, obliges the doing and the showing and the telling to fuse in the enthusing, three-in-one.