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'Ungainefull Arte'Poetry, Patronage, and Print in the Early Modern Era$
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Richard A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.001.0001

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Visions of Laurel

Visions of Laurel

Classical Exemplars

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(p.29) 2 Visions of Laurel
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'Ungainefull Arte'
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Richard A. McCabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.003.0002

This chapter analyses the ancient exemplars most influential on the theory and practice of Early Modern patronage, concentrating on the relationships between Horace and Maecenas, Martial and Pliny, and Statius and Domitian. It examines the way in which Horace used dedication as a means of self-authorization, aesthetically exploiting his association with Maecenas and Augusts to facilitate a form of verse more suited to the persona of public vates than amorous poeta. Looking at the matter from the opposite viewpoint, Pliny’s reflections on Martial’s service demonstrate the ways in which patrons could use panegyric to enhance their own public image. While the relationship between Statius and Domitian was creatively misread by Petrarch to validate the pursuit and practice of poetic laureation, Ovid’s strategy of speaking lies to power is argued to ironize all attempts at easy accommodation between princes and poets.

Keywords:   Latin poetry, Roman patronage, Horace, Maecenas, Augustus, Martial, Pliny, Statius, Domitian, laureation

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