2 Horatian Background
- 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.
Horace, Carmen Saeculare, Emperor Augustus, Fons Bandusiae, odes
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