A Companion to Horace by Gregson Davis

By Gregson Davis

A significant other to Horace contains a choice of commissioned interpretive essays by means of prime students within the box of Latin literature masking the whole conventional diversity of works produced by way of Horace.

  • beneficial properties unique essays by means of quite a lot of prime literary students
  • Exceeds expectancies for a standard guide via that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and effect
  • Considers Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessors
  • Treats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical views
  • deals up to date details and illustrations at the archaeological web site commonly pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine nation-state

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Recognized moral character in business matters was required for this office, as his father had told him (he claims) in his boyhood, not just in business matters, but even in sexual relations. Romans disapproved of adultery and of interference with freemen’s children, and also valued chastity in childhood at least until the assumption of the toga candida at 14 or 15. 103–26). He seems to have attained the ranks of eques equo publico (far from the poorest among these), scriba quaestorius, and iudex selectus.

Horace’s point is that he only needs three of his slaves to serve him dinner when he dines by himself. This assertion does not appear to be a mark of ostentation. Along with the house they served him in—for owning one’s own house in Rome was as unusual as in modern New York City—it places him clearly in a certain class and rank. 10 This is in the first of his books, published at age 30, and we know something about how he got to this point. His father sent him to Athens, to be educated with “senators’ and knights’ sons” like those he had gone to school with.

His father was a freedman, and freedmen tended to marry freedwomen. He was also an auction broker, coactor auctionum, a lucrative profession at the heart of Roman business, which depended on the conversion of goods and real estate into coin. Dull as Venosa was, its inhabitants had been Roman citizens since the Social War of 81–78 BCE. By Roman law, whatever Roman inhabitant freed the elder Horatius (if it was not the town of Venosa itself, whose servus publicus he could equally well have been) gave him and his children Roman citizenship.

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