Horace odes 1.7 and the Aeneid

John K. Schafer*

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Starting from the well-known correspondence between Odes 1.7.30-31 and Aeneid 1.198-99, this article finds a deep intertextual relationship between 1.7 and the Aeneid (Book 1, especially, but also Books 4, 6, 7, and 8), anchored by correspondences of occasion and theme (speeches of arrival, dining, and wine). The article argues for Vergilian priority, explaining Horace's (largely corrective) emulation of the Aeneid in terms of his literary self-positioning as lyric poet. Further confirmation of Horatian dialogue with the Aeneid is found elsewhere in the "Parade Odes" (1.1-9) as well as in 1.11 and 1.18.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-485
Number of pages39
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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