By Gregson Davis
A better half to Horace encompasses a number of commissioned interpretive essays via best students within the box of Latin literature masking the full accepted variety of works produced by means of Horace.Features unique essays by way of quite a lot of best literary scholarsExceeds expectancies for a standard guide via that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and influenceConsiders Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessorsTreats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical perspectivesOffers updated info and illustrations at the archaeological website regularly pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine nation-state
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When he was 22, not long after the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius the Liberators arrived in Athens and enlisted all the young aristocrats there who would come into their army against Octavian, Antony, and Lepidus, the new Triumvirs. We may assume on the evidence of the Life that Brutus personally conferred, probably at the request of Horace’s friends, the rank of tribunus militum on Horace. As one of the board of six ofﬁcers who formed the ofﬁcer corps of a legion, the rank conferred the equestrian gold ring for life, as monuments show,11 in its most unquestionable form, earned by military ofﬁce in youth; the grant of the equus publicus, a cavalry horse paid for by the state; and the right for life to sit not just in the front fourteen rows at spectacles and theatre performances that were reserved for the equites, but in the ﬁrst two of these rows.
That was the business Horace’s father was in, probably for both private persons, and for the local, and later on the central, Roman government. Horace calls him (and so does the Life) a coactor, goods gatherer, for the auctions. But probably he could The Biographical and Social Foundations of Horace’s Poetic Voice 15 double as a praeco or goods-barking auctioneer, or as argentarius, collector of money from bidders. These were not always separate roles. There were 1 percent commissions from the state and from private persons for each of these to earn from this trade, and these commissions built the houses—for example—of such Pompeiian freedmen as L.
This would have placed him in the center of imperial politics and made him more a patron of his own aristocratic patrons than a client. He declined it—a piece of independence Suetonius noted in the original of our present Life, along with his refusal to write poetry to Augustus in the character of a personal friend, which was also explicitly requested of Horace by Augustus and declined. Hadrian would not have taken either of these refusals easily. Horace’s father would not have known what to make either of the offer of so magniﬁcent a position or of his son’s refusal of it.
A Companion to Horace (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Gregson Davis