Horace's Epodes: Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception

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Philippa Bather, Claire Stocks
Oxford University Press, Mar 10, 2016 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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Horace's Epodes rank among the most under-valued texts of the early Roman principate. Abrasive in style and riddled with apparent inconsistencies, the Epodes have divided critics from the outset, infuriating and delighting them in equal measure. This collection of essays on the Epodes by new and established scholars seeks to overturn this work's ill-famed reputation and to reassert its place as a valid and valued member of Horace's literary corpus. Building upon a recent surge in scholarly interest in the Epodes, the volume goes one step further by looking beyond the collection itself to highlight the importance of intertext, context, and reception. Covering a wide range of topics including the iambic tradition and aspects of gender, it begins with a consideration of the influences of Greek iambic upon the Epodes and ends with a discussion on their reception during the seventeenth century and beyond. By focusing on the connections that can be drawn between the Epodes and other (ancient) works, as well as between the Epodes themselves, the volume will appeal to new and seasoned readers of the poems. In doing so it demonstrates that this smallest, and seemingly most insignificant, of Horace's works is worthy of a place alongside the much-lauded Satires and Odes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Lycambae spretus infido gener j aut acerhostis Bupalo Horaces Epodes and the Greek Iambic Tradition
31
Of Cabbages and Kin Traces of Lucilius in the First Half of Horaces Epodes
63
Poetic Justice Iambos Fable and Horaces First Epode
85
Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls Or What is the Gender of Horaces Epodes?
103
Dithyrambic Iambics Epode 9 and its Generals Confusion
131
Monsters in the Night Hannibal prodigia and the Parallel Worlds of Epode 16 and Ode 44
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The Underwood of Satire Reading the Epodes through Ovids Ibis
175
Horaces noxiosissimum corpus Horatian Impotence Epodes and Moderation Satires Epistles 1 at Petronius Satyricon 130
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Scenes from the Afterlife of Horaces Epodes c16001900
219
Bibliography
241
Index Locorum
261
General Index
274
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Philippa Bather is Teaching Fellow and Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. Claire Stocks is Assistant Professor for Classics at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

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