Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III by R. G. M. Nisbet
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Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III by R. G. M. Nisbet

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This book is a successor to the commentaries by Nisbet and Hubbard on Odes I and II, but it takes critical note of the abundant recent writing on Horace. It starts from the precise interpretation of the Latin; attention is paid to the nuances implied by the word-order; parallel passages are quoted, not to depreciate the poet's originality but to elucidate his meaning and to show how he adapted his predecessors; sometimes major English poets are cited to exemplify his influence on the tradition. In expounding the so-called Roman Odes the editors reject not only uncritical acceptance of Augustan ideology but also more recent attempts to find subversion in a court-poet. They show how Greek moralizing, particularly by the Epicureans, is applied to contemporary social situations. Poems on country festivals are treated sympathetically in the belief that the tolerant and inclusive religion of the Romans can easily be misunderstood. The poet's wit is emphasized in his addresses both to eminent Romans and to women with Greek names; the latter poems are taken as reflecting his general experience rather than particular occasions. Though Horace's ironic self-presentation must not be understood too literally, the editors reject the modern tendency to treat the author as unknowable. Although the text of the Odes is not printed separately, the headings to the notes provide a continuous text. The editors put forward a number of conjectures, most of them necessarily tentative, and in the few cases where they disagree, both opinions are summarized.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199263141
ISBN-10: 0199263140
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 145mm x 28mm)
Pages: 420
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author R. G. M. Nisbet

Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III by R. G. M. Nisbet Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III, Paperback (February 2007)

This Commentary takes critical account of recent writing on the Odes. It deals with detailed questions of interpretation, and shows how Horace combined the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and how he wrote within a literary tradition without losing a highly personal voice.

Collected Papers on Latin Literature by R. G. M. Nisbet Collected Papers on Latin Literature, Hardback (May 1995)

This book contains twenty-six articles on a wide range of topics in Latin literature by the eminent scholar and former Professor of Latin at Oxford, Robin Nisbet. Original, stimulating, and at times provocative, this collection represents some of the best in Latin scholarship in recent years.

Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book II by R. G. M. Nisbet Commentary on Horace: Odes: Book II, Paperback (May 1991)

Aims to provide the reader with the background knowledge of conventional forms and topics needed to fully appreciate every aspect of Horace's "Odes". The text focuses on "Book II" of the "Odes", which contains poems predominantly concerned with philosophy, conduct and friendship.

Commentary on Horace, Odes Book I by R. G. M. Nisbet Commentary on Horace, Odes Book I, Paperback (August 1989)

The present work is written in the belief that the "Odes" are learned poems which demand some knowledge of conventional forms and topics. Each ode is provided with an introduction which sets it against its Greek and Roman literary background.

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Author Biography - R. G. M. Nisbet

R. G. M. Nisbet was formerly Corpus Christi Professor of Latin Language and Literature, University of Oxford Niall Rudd was formerly Professor of Latin at Bristol University

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