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Satires. Book 1

Author: Quintus Horatius flaccus; Emily Gowers
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin classics
Edition/Format:   Print book : LatinView all editions and formats
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Horace's first book of Satires is his debut work, a document of one man's self-fashioning on the cusp between Republic and Empire and a pivotal text in the history of Roman satire. It wrestles with the problem of how to define and assimilate satire and justifies the poet's own position in a suspicious society. The commentary gives full weight to the dense texture of these poems while helping readers interpret their
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Named Person: Horace.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Quintus Horatius flaccus; Emily Gowers
ISBN: 9780521452205 0521452201 9780521458511 052145851X
OCLC Number: 816023312
Language Note: Text in Latin; introduction and commentary in English
Description: xi, 370 s. : map ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Text; Commentary
Series Title: Cambridge Greek and Latin classics
Responsibility: Horace ; edited by Emily Gowers

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