Staking a claim for lyric achievement: Horace, Odes 3.7-12

Thom S. (2010)

Conference Paper

One of the fascinating aspects of ancient Greek and Latin lyric poetry is its multiplicity. Having staked his claim as a Roman Alcaeus in the Roman Odes, Horace goes on to prove his absolute mastery over the multiple possibilities of lyric poetry in general in Odes 3.7-12. In this article I would like to illustrate how Horace, at the beginning of Book 3, prepares renewed proof for a lasting monument of lyric poetry (Odes 3.30.1) - A monument based on his mastery of both metrical variety as well as multifaceted content.

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