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By Randall L. B. McNeill

Traditional perspectives of Horace search to give the poet as a constant, shiny character who stands in the back of and orchestrates the various "Horatian" writings that experience come all the way down to us. in recent times, even if, an alternative culture means that there is many Horaces, that his paintings is extra productively learn because the consistent invention of rhetorical strategies sensitively attuned to the necessities of other occasions and audiences. As Randall L. B. McNeill argues, any feel that readers have of the "real" Horace is obviously misleading; Horace deals us no unguarded self-portrait, yet quite a few consciously constructed characterizations to fit assorted audiences, no matter if customer, friends, or the public.

Horace: snapshot, id, and Audience presents a wide-ranging research of Horace's use of self-presentation in his poetry: in his portrayal of his relationships along with his shopper Maecenas and along with his higher readership as a complete; in his dialogue of the craft of poetry and his personal id as a poet; and in his dealing with of latest Roman political occasions within the gentle of his assumed position as critic of his personal society. McNeill uncovers the innovations Horace makes use of to depict the intricacies of his own life; within the book's end, he explores how comparable options have been tailored through later poets comparable to Ovid. This quantity will curiosity students of Horace, Latin poetry, rhetoric, in addition to these attracted to the cultural experiences element of personality and identity.

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