Horace's claim to fame in Odes Book 1 : a question of expectations?
Please cite as follows: Thom, S. 2013. Horace's claim to fame in Odes book 1 : a question of expectations? Akroterion, 58:19-46, doi:10.7445/58-0-145.
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The first book of Odes introduces the reader to a carefully conceived sequence of poems. This article argues that with this sequence a larger more philosophical Sitz im Leben1 is suggested for the individual poems as well as for the collection as a whole. This article further proposes that the careful construction of an individual book of Odes has a significant impact on the frame of reference of the collection as a whole. Odes book 1 is taken as an example substantiating this argument.