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Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome$
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Michele Lowrie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545674.001.0001

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The Performance of Horatian Lyric: The Limits of Reference

The Performance of Horatian Lyric: The Limits of Reference

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(p.63) 3 The Performance of Horatian Lyric: The Limits of Reference
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Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545674.003.0003

The performance of Horace's Odes offers a test case for determining the interrelation between a poet's own self-definition and the actual reception of his poetry. Debate has raged in the 20th century over whether the language of song in this body of poetry is literal or metaphoric. Speech act theory starting with J. L. Austin offers a tool that helps understand the problematics of referentiality, but cannot in the end determine whether any particular utterance means what it says.

Keywords:   Horace, Odes, performance, speech act theory, J. L. Austin

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