By R. G. M. Nisbet
This observation takes serious account of modern writing at the Odes. It bargains with special questions of interpretation, and exhibits how Horace mixed the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and the way he wrote inside a literary culture with no wasting a hugely own voice. although the booklet isn't really meant for newbies, the editors target all through at clarity.
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Aen. 10. , Wills 195 ff. arbusta was particularly applied to plantations of trees on which vines were trained (Virg. georg. 2. v. 2). Such trees were arranged in neat ranks (Cic. sen. 59, Varr. rust. 1. 7. 2, Colum. 3. 13. 5 ‘ordinent vineam paribus intervallis’); ordinent also suits an army on parade (cf. Virg. georg. 2. ), and so sustains the heroic tone of viro vir. latius means ‘over a wider area’ (cf. 2. 2. 9 ‘latius regnes’), not ‘at greater intervals’ (Virg. georg. 2. 277 ‘indulge ordinibus’); H is critical of latifundia, and viticulture was particularly proﬁtable.
J. H. D’Arms, Romans in the Bay of Naples, 1970: pls. 13–15b (wall-decorations from Stabiae and Pompeii). 38–9. neque / decedit aerata triremi: the ‘brazen trireme’ was properly a warship with three levels of oars like its Greek counterpart ( J. S. Morrison, J. F. Coates, N. B. Rankov, The Athenian Trireme, 2000: ﬁg. 45) and a bronze beak for ramming (ibid. ﬁg. 67); cf. Plin. nat. hist. 32. 3 ‘rostra illa aere ferroque ad ictus armata’, Barwick, op. cit. 263, TLL 1. 1059. 23. There is a close parallel at 2.
347. 1 f. ôe ªaæ ¼óôæïí ðåæØôÝººåôÆØ, = I ä þæÆ ÷ÆºÝðÆ, ðÜíôÆ äb äßłÆØó Pða ŒÆýìÆôïò, Plin. nat. hist. 17. 222. This sideratio was attributed to the baleful inﬂuence of the constellation; cf. Theophr. caus. plant. 5. , Plin. nat. hist. 18. 278. Geminus more sensibly points out that the stars simply mark the wet and stormy times of year (åNóÆªøªÞ 17. 10): ‰ò óçìåßïı ÷ÜæØí ðÆæåØºçììÝíøí ðæeò ôe ðæïªØíþóŒåØí ìAò ôaò ðåæd ôeí IÝæÆ ðåæØóôÜóåØò. 32. nunc hiemes iniquas: hiemes means both ‘winters’ and ‘storms’.
A Commentary on Horace: Odes Book III (Book 3) by R. G. M. Nisbet