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A. J. Woodman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199608652.001.0001

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The Craft of Horace in Odes 1.14

The Craft of Horace in Odes 1.14

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(p.59) 7 The Craft of Horace in Odes 1.14
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From Poetry to History
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A. J. Woodman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199608652.003.0007

The standard interpretation of Odes 1.14 is that Horace's ship is an allegory of the state. This interpretation has been accepted by the great majority of modern scholars on the grounds that the allegory is confirmed by the language of the ode's final stanza, and that the ode as a whole is modelled on some lines of Alcaeus which themselves employ the same allegory. This chapter argues, however, that this interpretation is wrong and that these grounds will not stand up to examination.

Keywords:   Horace, Odes, Latin poetry, poems, Horace's ship, state allegory, Alcaeus

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