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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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Horatian Background

Horatian Background

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Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the background of Horace's Carmen Saeculare. It explains that this poem was commissioned by Roman Emperor Augustus and was written and performed in 17 bce. It compares Carmen Saeculare with Horace's address to the Fons Bandusiae and analyzes how the credentials established by these odes allowed Horace to ruminate before Augustus on the moderate employment of power. It also evaluates the lyrics of the first collection of odes devoted to Augustus, highlighting their qualified nature.

Keywords:   Horace, Carmen Saeculare, Emperor Augustus, Fons Bandusiae, odes

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