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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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The Publication and Individuality of Horace's Odes Books 1–3 *

The Publication and Individuality of Horace's Odes Books 1–3 *

(p.131) 6 The Publication and Individuality of Horace's Odes Books 1–3*
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This chapter argues against the normal view that Odes 1-3 had their first publication together in 23 BC and should be read as a single entity. Book 1, and then Book 2, were first published separately: so it is contended on the basis of detailed consideration of metre, chronology, etc. Approaching the three books as successive and deliberately differing entities produces a much more satisfying and distinctive understanding of the individual books, and the cumulative entity which they build up. The differences between the three books are presented under headings; Book 3 in a sense conjoins Books 1 and 2, to create conflicts of its own.

Keywords:   Horace, Odes, metre, chronology, publication, books

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