New PDF release: A Companion to Horace (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient

By Gregson Davis

ISBN-10: 140515540X

ISBN-13: 9781405155403

A better half to Horace includes a selection of commissioned interpretive essays via major students within the box of Latin literature overlaying the complete commonly used diversity of works produced through Horace.Features unique essays via quite a lot of major literary scholarsExceeds expectancies for a standard instruction manual through that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and influenceConsiders Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessorsTreats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical perspectivesOffers up to date info and illustrations at the archaeological website normally pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine geographical region

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Martial thinks you can even get 6 percent out of the minimum equestrian fortune (cf. 140) and have 24,000 a year. 100 BCE—100 CE seem at the beginning of 2009 a fair comparison none the less. Money had depreciated a little from Horace’s day to Martial’s and Juvenal’s, but the minimal equestrian census even then still made you a person of respect, even in Rome, let alone the countryside. You could also have lots more than that, and be eques splendidus and clarus to distinguish you from the herd.

NOTES 1 I am very much obliged to the editor for asking me to contribute this essay, and for his patience and help, his questions and corrections, both stylistic and scholarly. My friend Michael Wigodsky has also removed some of my errors and contributed valuable advice. All remaining faults are my own entirely. 2 The reading in line 10 is uncertain, but some sort of sound play on the letters APVLis certain. The Biographical and Social Foundations of Horace’s Poetic Voice 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 31 [Editor’s note: The received text of line 10 is almost certainly corrupt.

How did Horace reach this enviable position, even before Maecenas became his patron? Wealth and census were denominated in theoretical denarii, not real ones. Very much revenue was in kind, and property in land, houses, and slaves had also to be realized into silver coins when they were sold (Augustus and his successors introduced gold and bronze on a large scale). All this coin was carefully realized, collected, and guarded by commission brokers and dealers. “Auctioneers” were at the cash foundation of Roman business life.

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