HORANCE ODES EPODES (The Garland library of Latin poetry)
ISBN 0824029585 (0-8240-2958-5)
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Hardcover, Dissertations-G, 1978
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...vinum; see note on i. 20. 9. 6. avitis: the epithet is transferred from the wine to the storerooms, dum... parabat: dum with the imperfect indicative occurs only here in Horace; we should naturally have expected the present. Capitolio regina: the abomination of a regina menacing the central sanctuary of Rome is finely emphasized by the juxtaposition of the two contrasted ideas. Such juxtaposition is a common rhetorical device, in prose as well as in poetry; another fine example is found in iii. 5. 9, sub rege Medo Marsus et Apulus. To the Romans, the very names rex and regina had been odious since the days of the Tarquins. Horace, also, doubtless means to suggest that Cleopatra, as an Oriental sovereign, contemplated supplanting the worship of the Capitoline deities (Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva) by introducing native Egyptian rites. She was, at all events, reputed to have made frequent boasts that she would issue her sovereign decrees from the Capitol. 7. dementis ruinas: bold transfer of the epithet from regina to ruinas. 8. funus et: for et in the second place, c/. i. 2. 9, piscium et summa; the order is frequent in the poets. 9. contaminato grege: the allusion is to the eunuchs of Cleopatra's court, sarcastically alluded to as viri. 10. morbo: with turpium,--foul with disease. quidlibet: any scheme of glory and conquest, however visionary. impotens sperare: mad enough to hope; the infinitive as in i. 1. 18, indocilis pauperiem pati. 13. viz una sospes navis ab ignibus: the grammatical subject of minuit is navis, but the logical subject is the idea contained in the whole phrase, = the rescue of scarcely a single ship from the flames; cf. i. 15. 33, iracunda classis Achillei, with note; ii. 4. 10, ademptus Hector. The poet is referring to...
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