• Daniel Barber deposited Tui plenum: Horace in the Presence of the Gods in the group Group logo of Classical Philology and LinguisticsClassical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    In Books 1-3 of the Odes, Horace makes clear a hierarchy of divinity through the structures of lyric address and distinguishes the gods and goddesses of his poetic preference from the preeminent deities of Augustan state cult. Specifically, he equivocates masterfully as he approaches Apollo and Jupiter while elevating Mercury, a minor figure in the Augustan religious revival, to special prominence. In the end, he shows himself most proximate to the Muses and Bacchus, the traditional gods most symbolic of his own literary aspirations