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Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage (Paperback)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Language & Literature

Imprint: University of California Press
Pages: 281
ISBN: 9780520226036
Published: 31st December 2001
Casemate UK Academic


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Using modern literary and anthropological theory, Bowditch investigates the relationship between Roman poets and patrons, based on a detailed study of selected Odes and Epistles which throw light on the dynamic relationship between Horace and his own patron Maecenas. Originally a thesis, this meticulously researched study examines the cultural, social and economic background to patronage in 1st-century Rome and highlights the gap between the strict hierarchy within the society of Rome and the idealised egalitarian community imagined in Horace's poems. Extracts in Latin with English translation.

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