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This is by far the most detailed commentary yet on Horace's Epodes. The line-by-line commentary on each epode is prefaced by a substantial interpretative essay which offers a reading of that poem and synthesises existing scholarship. These essays, the first of their kind, will provide essential critical orientation to undergraduates approaching the Epode-book for the first time. Moreover, the scale and density of the commentary will make it an invaluable resource for scholars of Latin poetry. A particular feature is the first in-depth treatment of the two lengthy magical Epodes 5 and 17. The author draws extensively on ancient magical texts preserved on papyrus and lead, as well as the recent flood of publications on Greek and Roman magic, to cast light on countless details in these epodes which reveal a marked familiarity on Horace's part with authentic magical belief and practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199253241
ISBN-10: 0199253242
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 36mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Lindsay C. Watson is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney, Australia

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