Some imitations of Pindar and Sappho by Horace
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CitationNagy, Gregory. 2015.12.31. "Some imitations of Pindar and Sappho by Horace." Classical Inquiries. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.eresource:Classical_Inquiries.
AbstractHorace’s imitations of Sappho in Ode 4.1 and of Pindar in Ode 4.2 show his deep understanding of archaic Greek lyric poetry. Particularly striking is his visualization of Icarus in Ode 4.2 as a negative model for such poetry. The artificial wings of Icarus are seen as a foil for the natural wings of the swan, the sacred bird of Apollo, who is god of lyric poetry. Apollo’s swan thus becomes the ultimate model for the lyric poet
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