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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 Carmina

The Carmen Saeculare and Carmina

(p.130) 7. The Carmen Saeculare and Carmina
Horace's "Carmen Saeculare"

Michael C. J. Putnam

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Horace's Carmen Seculare in the context of carmens during his time. It analyzes the meaning and usage of the term carmen and the situations where carmina were sung as part of ritual ceremonies. It reviews the history of the public performance of carmina in relation to Emperor Augustus' celebration of Ludi Saeculare. This chapter also suggests that the Carmen Saeculare's reconciliation of past, present, and future is the vatic poet's greatest exercise of his charm's potency, lifting the singularity of a unique public performance to the level of universal work of art.

Keywords:   Carmen Saeculare, Horace, carmens, carmina, ritual ceremonies, public performance, Emperor Augustus, Ludi Saeculare

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