By R. G. M. Nisbet
This remark takes severe account of contemporary writing at the Odes. It bargains with particular questions of interpretation, and indicates how Horace mixed the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and the way he wrote inside of a literary culture with out wasting a hugely own voice. notwithstanding the e-book isn't meant for novices, the editors goal all through at readability.
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1059. 23. There is a close parallel at 2. 16. 21 ff. (probably earlier) ‘scandit aeratas vitiosa navis / Cura nec turmas equitum relinquit, / ocior cervis et agente nimbos / ocior Euro’; the recipient Grosphus may have been an eques with an interest in cavalry (N–H vol. 2, p. 253). Lucretius had already said that a military commander ﬁnds no peace of mind in contemplating his forces (2. ); for his curae sequaces (2. 48) are not dispelled by a display of arms. RN sees here a hint of Maecenas, who might have retained a trireme after service at Actium; cf.
2. 7. 115 ‘nam comes atra premit sequiturque fugacem’, Hom. Il. 4. 117 ìåºÆØíÝøí æì OäıíÜøí. 41. quodsi dolentem nec Phrygius lapis: quodsi (‘Since, then,’) introduces the inescapable conclusion; cf. 1. 1. 35, Lucr. 2. 47, Prop. 1. 1. 37, Fraenkel 24. dolor was widely used of unhealthy mental and spiritual states, including anxiety, cf. Varro, Men. 36, Lucr. 4. 1067, Cic. Tusc. 3. , 4. 23 ff. Phrygius lapis was a white marble with purple markings; cf. Strab. 12. 8. 14, Stat. silv. 1. 5. 37 f.
2. 37 ff. (it teaches endurance and fortitude in the face of pain), Sall. Cat. 7. 4–6 and 9. 1–3 (it is connected with the lack of avarice in early Roman society), Jug. 85. 33 (Marius describes his qualiﬁcations for ofﬁce) ‘at illa multo optuma rei publicae doctus sum: . . hiemem et aestatem iuxta pati, humi requiescere, eodem tempore inopiam et laborem tolerare’. This reverses the usual topic that a frugal upbringing produces good soldiers (Syndikus): see 3. 6. 37–8 n. amice means ‘in a well-disposed way’; the best parallel is Sen.
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