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Author Putnam, Michael C. J., author

Title Horace's Carmen saeculare : ritual magic and the poet's art / Michael C.J. Putnam
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 182 pages)
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Horatian Background -- Ch. 3. The Carmen Saeculare -- Ch. 4. Horatian Hymn and the Carmen Saeculare -- Ch. 5. Horace and the Hellenic Heritage -- Ch. 6. The Carmen Saeculare and Latin Poetry -- Ch. 7. The Carmen Seculare and Carmina
Summary "This is the first book devoted to Horace's Carmen Saeculare, a poem commissioned by Roman emperor Augustus in 17 B.C.E. for choral performance at the Ludi Saeculares, the Secular Games. The poem is the first fully preserved Latin hymn whose circumstances of presentation are known, and it is the only lyric by Horace that we can be certain was first presented orally. Michael C.J. Putnam offers a close and sensitive reading of this hymn shedding new light on the richness and virtuosity of its poetry, on the many sources Horace drew on, and on the poem's power and significance as a public ritual."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-177) and index
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Subject Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. -- Art patronage.
Horace -- Political and social views.
Horace. Carmen saeculare.
Magic in literature.
Political poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Rome.
Ritual in literature.
Rome -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300130457 (electronic book)
9780300130454 (electronic book)