A Commentary on Horace: Odes by R. G. M. Nisbet

By R. G. M. Nisbet

This statement takes severe account of contemporary writing at the Odes. It offers with special 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. even though the booklet isn't meant for newbies, the editors objective all through at readability.

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8. 4 f. quoted on 30–1 below, Pease on Cic. nat. deor. 2. 14). For verberare of the elements cf. 3. 27. v. 3b (so plectantur at 1. 28. 27). As the vine-stock (vitis) was an instrument of punishment (OLD 4), RN thinks there might be a particular point in the lashing of the vines; vinea is used of the individual plant at Colum. 4. 10. 2, 4. 22. 5. 30. fundusque mendax: though the earth should repay its debts (3. 16. ), it sometimes plays false; cf. epist. 1. 7. 87 ‘spem mentita seges’, Philemon (quoted in next note), Ov.

8. 436 f. ‘stat fucare colus nec Sidone vilior Ancon / murice nec Libyco’, Mart. 2. 16. 3, 11. 1. 2; the o is also often short in the adjective; cf. Virg. Aen. 1. 678 and 4. 75 with Pease. G. Perl regards the conjecture as methodologically wrong in the absence of earlier parallels for the short o (Acta Ant. Hung. 39, 1999: 244), but it is unsafe to assume that Silius must have been the first to use it; F. Cairns objects that no purple was brighter than Sidonian (Coll. Latomus 266, 2002: 90), but the hyperbole sharpens Horace’s point.

13. 2). insignes et imos is not only a polar expression of the type common in the context of death (N–H on 1. 4. 13 f. and 2. 14. 11); by means of an ellipse (¼ ‘insignes et humiles, summos et imos’) it achieves variety and compression. 16. omne capax movet urna nomen: the urn was shaken; for movere in this sense cf. serm. 1. 9. 30 (where mota . . urna is surely right) and Virg. Aen. 6. 432; eventually a lot jumped out (2. 3. 27 with N–H). omne and capax both carry weight: there is room for all in the urn (Sen.

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