The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age

The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age (Paperback)

By William Young Sellar 
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Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0217369138
EAN: 9780217369138
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No. of Pages: 236
Publish Date: 2010-10-14
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 51.] BIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES. 7 poets of his time. But it was by critics and grammarians that the personal memory of great writers was kept alive; and one reason why there was no such traditional admiration or affection attaching to the memory of Horace, as there was to the memory of Virgil after his death, was probably that in his lifetime there was no love lost between him and the writers by whom the impression made by a great writer on the world in which he lived was transmitted to after times. Thus the only contemporary evidence we have of the regard in which he was held is that of Maecenas and that of Augustus preserved by Suetonius, who quotes the beginning of an epigram in which Maecenas imitated the playful terms of affection applied by Catullus to Calvus? Ni te visceribus meis, Horati, Plus iam diligo? and the statesman's dying commendation of his ' vatis amici' to the Emperor?' Horati Flacci ut mei esto memor.' The tone of the Emperor's letters quoted by the biographer implies an appreciation of the social charm of the poet, and respect for his independence of character. The short life of Horace written by, or abridged from, Suetonius, is based almost entirely on the poet's own writings, and on these scanty memorials of the Emperor and Maecenas; though it adds one or two facts probably preserved by contemporary grammarians. The statements of Suetonius amount to this: ?That he'was born on the 8th of December in the year 65 B. C., and died on the 2yth of November in the year 8 B. C., a few weeks after the death of Maecenas; that he was a native of Venusia, the son of a freedman, who was also 'auctionum coactor'?i.e. the collector of money paid at public auctions?and combined other avocations with this; that he served under Brutus with the rank of military tribun...
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Title: The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age
Publisher: General Books
Author: William Young Sellar
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0217369138
EAN: 9780217369138
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 236
Publish Date: 2010-10-14
Binding: Paperback

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