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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 and Latin Poetry

The Carmen Saeculare and Latin Poetry

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Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the Roman poetic heritage of Horace's Carmen Saeculare. It evaluates the Latin poetry of Catullus, Virgil, and Tibullus on Horace's work. It suggests that Catullus' presence in Horace's ode is as obvious as the work itself is anomalous within the earlier poet's corpus and highlights the role of Virgil's Eclogue 4 in serving as an effective bridge between Catullus 64 and Carmen Saeculare. This chapter also explains the parallels between Carmen Saeculare and Tibullus' second book of poetry.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, Horace, Roman poetic heritage, Latin poetry, Catullus, Virgil, Tibullus, Eclogue 4, Catullus 64

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