By Gregson Davis

A better half to Horace incorporates a number of commissioned interpretive essays via top students within the box of Latin literature masking the whole widely used variety of works produced by means of Horace.Features unique essays through a variety of major literary scholarsExceeds expectancies for a standard instruction manual through that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and influenceConsiders Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessorsTreats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical perspectivesOffers up to date info and illustrations at the archaeological web site ordinarily pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine geographical region

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Reading, limina Pulliae, adopted by several modern editions (including the two Teubner editions of Borzsák and Shackleton Bailey) is grotesquely incongruous with the hymnal tone and stylistic elevation of the proem. Of the plethora of emendations so far proposed, see the attractive conjecture of Courtney 1986: 319–21. A rhetorically grounded analysis of the whole proem is available in Davis 1991: 98–103] My own translation, as are the others in the essay. I gratefully acknowledge the editor’s and Blackwell’s offer of a chance to expand and revise some views I have published earlier here and there, particularly in Armstrong 1986 and 1989.

The ambitions of freedmen of Roman citizens and towns, some of whom had already acquired substantial property before being freed, legally theirs (called their peculium and including even personal slaves), were one of the great engines of Roman business. Such talented slaves, like all freedmen of Roman citizens or Roman cities with the franchise, had Roman citizenship on being freed, and could hope for yet more social progress for their children and descendants. And though Horace’s father came from a country district, he had easy access to the rest of south Italy, and to the area from Rome, down to Naples, round to Rhegium, Tarentum, and Brundisium, which was the heart of the whole Mediterranean business and trade of the Empire, and to all the resort towns and villa towns on the Bay of Naples, like Baiae and Salerno.

The law required that to be eques or senator you should have property valued at 400,000 sesterces, which were only units of account and not really coins in Horace’s youth, or 100,000 denarii, the real currency of daily life in Italy. Augustus thought proper in revising the Senate to raise the qualification to 1,000,000 sesterces for senators. But that really only brought to full definition a view which Horace endorses, that senators ought to have and spend more to support their rank than the equites.

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