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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 Hymn and the Carmen Saeculare

Horatian Hymn and the Carmen Saeculare

(p.96) 4 Horatian Hymn and the Carmen Saeculare
Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter evaluates the originality of the Carmen Saeculare as a hymn. It examines the challenges Horace had set for himself in this poem compared to his earlier lyric prayers and its influence on his later odes. It compares Carmen Saeculare with several complete, partial, or parodic hymns in Horace's first three books and highlights its special qualities, including the uniqueness of its final sextet of quatrains.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, hymn, Horace, lyric prayers, odes, parodic hymns, sextet, quatrains

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