AN ATTEMPT AT A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF MAECENAS

A.J.M. Watson

Abstract


This article attempts a psychological analysis of Caius Maecenas, the patron of Horace
and Vergil and right-hand man to Augustus in the sphere of security. The
psychoanalytical approach to scholarship runs counter to the persuasions of modem
literary theorists. It is conceded that such a study readily lends itself to hostile
criticism, but at the same time there is little doubt that it can help elucidate the issues
unresolved by the strict adherence to the "new criticism". It is with such an aim that
the study is undertaken and it is hoped that it will provide an insight not only into
Maecenas' political career, but also into his personal relationships and his literary
output.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/36-1-2-931

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