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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2006

LAT 365 • Horace

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31515 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 112

Course Description

After the intensity of Vergil it's time for the bonhomie of Horace. The two poets got along to the point where Horace could call Vergil "the other half of my soul" (animae dimidium meae), but we are looking at a very different temperament. Also, Horace refused to write long poems and, therefore, well concentrate on his most polished achievement in that respect, i. e. the Odes. They are a wonderfully varied collection: poems on public themes, poems on poetics, poems about contemporaries, poems on wine and banquets, love poems (not that theyll set you on fire), and poems about Horace. This was a genial and thoughtful poet, and we could do worse than imitate those qualities. Besides the poetic structure of each poem, well look at the relevant literary traditions and the Augustan cultural context.


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