n Akroterion - Shattering tradition : a rejection of analysis by genre in Horace's

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The following paper undertakes a critical review and examination of the various attempts over the last century and a half of scholarship in Classical Philology to categorize that most singular work of Horace, the . Commentators and critics of the poem have endeavoured to include the work of the Augustan poet within various pre-determined - somewhat tendentious - generic categories, including: the didactic treatise, the verse letter, the literary epistle, the didactic poem, and the . Through critiquing these approaches I shall argue that the , whether through form or subject, manages to subvert the criteria of these generic boundaries, and locates itself within a unique territory. Apart from addressing the problems involved in classifying the , this paper also tackles some other general concerns of generic analysis in Classical Philology.

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