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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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The Carmen Saeculare

The Carmen Saeculare

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Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes the contents of Horace's Carmen Saeculare. It explains that Horace emphasized Apollo and Diana, the patron divinities of the Ludi Saeculare for which the poem was commissioned for, in the beginning of the chorus and their iteration served to structure the poem as a whole. It also suggests that Horace's use of Phoebus and Diana to refer to the two divinities served a special purpose and compares Horace's prayers from that of the oracle of Sibyl.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, Horace, Ludi Saeculare, Apollo, Diana, poem, prayers, oracle of Sibyl

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