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.