Horace’s claim to fame in Odes book 1: A question of expectations?

S. Thom


The first book of Odes introduces the reader to a carefully conceived
sequence of poems. This article argues that with this sequence a
larger more philosophical Sitz im Leben1 is suggested for the
individual poems as well as for the collection as a whole. This article
further proposes that the careful construction of an individual book
of Odes has a significant impact on the frame of reference of the
collection as a whole. Odes book 1 is taken as an example
substantiating this argument.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/58-0-145


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