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Horace's Ars Poetica – Family, Friendship, and the Art of Living - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Horace's Ars Poetica: Family, Friendship, and the Art of Living

Jennifer Ferriss-Hill

Abstract

For two millennia, the Ars Poetica (Art of Poetry), the 476-line literary treatise in verse with which Horace closed his career, has served as a paradigmatic manual for writers. Rarely has it been considered as a poem in its own right, or else it has been disparaged as a great poet's baffling outlier. Here, this book fully reintegrates the Ars Poetica into Horace's oeuvre, reading the poem as a coherent, complete, and exceptional literary artifact intimately linked with the larger themes pervading his work. Arguing that the poem can be interpreted as a manual on how to live masquerading as a h ... More

Keywords: Horace, Ars Poetica, Art of Poetry, poem, literary artifact, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195025
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195025.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Ferriss-Hill, author
University of Miami

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