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Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"Ritual Magic and the Poet`s Art$
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Michael C. J. Putnam

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083330

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083330.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the Horace's poem Carmen Saeculare, which is one of the neglected masterpieces of the literature of Augustan Rome. This volume explores the poem's politics based on its commissioning by the Roman emperor, the circumstances of its creation, and its specific contents. It establishes an intellectual background within Horace's previous lyric oeuvre against which to test Carmen Saeculare and analyzes the ode's ritual connection with secular renewal and how patterns of repetition stand as metaphor for the religious recurrences of which it tells.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, Horace, Roman literature, ritual connection, secular renewal, religious recurrences

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