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Artifices of Eternity Michael C.J. Putnam

Artifices of Eternity

Michael C.J. Putnam

Published December 31st 1986
ISBN : 9780801418525
Hardcover
352 pages
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Horaces first three books of odes are universally acknowledged to be masterpieces. His fourth, which appeared ten years later, continues to be relatively neglected. The eminent classicist Michael C. J. Putnam here offers the first comprehensiveMoreHoraces first three books of odes are universally acknowledged to be masterpieces. His fourth, which appeared ten years later, continues to be relatively neglected. The eminent classicist Michael C. J. Putnam here offers the first comprehensive study of the fourth book of odes. In his view, Horaces last work is at once the culmination of his poetic career and a beautifully crafted composition of exceptional power and brilliance.Putnam discusses each of the fifteen odes found in the book, studying the work both as a whole and as a series of interactive units. Always conscious of the historical and social contexts in which the poems were written, he maintains that the fourth book not only expands the intellectual horizons of the three earlier books, but also draws upon, and responds to, two works of genius by other poets: Propertiuss third book of elegies and Virgils Aeneid. Putnam shows how Horace co-opted and remolded their imaginative detail in his own poetry and how the parallels between Horaces writings and those of his predecessors can help to illuminate the final flowering of Horatian lyric.