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A Symposion of Praise
Horace Returns to Lyric in Odes IV
Wisconsin Studies in Classics
William Aylward, Nicholas D. Cahill,
and Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, General Editors
Outstanding academic title, Choice magazine
Horace's later lyric poetry, Odes IV, which focuses on praising Augustus; the imperial family, and other political insiders, has often been treated more as propaganda than art. But in A Symposion of Praise, Timothy Johnson examines the richly textured ambiguities of Odes IV that engage the audience in the communal or "sympotic" formulation of Horace's praise. Through this wider lens of Horatian lyric, Johnson provides a critical reassessment of the nature of public and private in ancient Rome. A Symposion of Praise will be of interest to historians of the Augustan period and its literature, and to scholars interested in the dynamics between personal expression and political power.
"The reading of these odes as inviting a 'communal' response is well-sustained and of interest; the discussions of each individual poem are thoughtful and carefully integrated with each other, and the book as a whole is very readable . . . it deserves to be read and referred to by scholars and students working on Horace's last book."Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"A wonderfully complex and nuanced picture of Horace's poetry."Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, University of WisconsinMadison
"A distinctive and original contribution to Horatian studies. It achieves a striking new theoretical conceptualization of traditional issues and is imbued with a sense of subtlety and humor appropriately Horatian in spirit."Eleanor Leach, Indiana University
Timothy Johnson is associate professor of classics at the University of Florida.
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