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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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Horace and the Hellenic Heritage

Horace and the Hellenic Heritage

(p.104) 5 Horace and the Hellenic Heritage
Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the influence of Hellenic heritage on Horace's Carmen Saeculare. It suggests that Pindar appears to be the greatest influence on this poem, particularly his fragmentary sixth Paean. It also considers the ode's Hellenic heritage from Sappho and Alcaeus and explains that Horace adopted the meter that bears Sappho's name and that his most frequently used meter was designated as Alcaic.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, Horace, Hellenic heritage, Pindar, Paean, Sappho, Alcaeus, ode

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