Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage

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University of California Press, 2 mar 2001 - 292
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This innovative study explores selected odes and epistles by the late-first-century poet Horace in light of modern anthropological and literary theory. Phebe Lowell Bowditch looks in particular at how the relationship between Horace and his patron Maecenas is reflected in these poems' themes and rhetorical figures. Using anthropological studies on gift exchange, she uncovers an implicit economic dynamic in these poems and skillfully challenges standard views on literary patronage in this period. Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage provides a striking new understanding of Horace's poems and the Roman system of patronage, and also demonstrates the relevance of New Historicist and Marxist critical paradigms for Roman studies.

In addition to incorporating anthropological and sociological perspectives, Bowditch's theoretical approach makes use of concepts drawn from linguistics, deconstruction, and the work of Michel Foucault. She weaves together these ideas in an original approach to Horace's use of golden age imagery, his language concerning public gifts or munera, his metaphors of sacrifice, and the rhetoric of class and status found in these poems.

Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage represents an original approach to central issues and questions in the study of Latin literature, and sheds new light on our understanding of Roman society in general.
 

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Introduction
Recent Studies of Horace and Literary Patronage
6
Autonomy and the Discursive Conventions of Patronage
10
Literary Amicitia
15
The Gift Economy of Patronage
27
The Embedded Economy of Rome
35
Gift and Delay in the Horatian Chronology
53
Tragic History Lyric Expiation and the Gift of Sacrifice
60
Odes 117
150
From Patron to Friend Epistolary Refashioning and the Economics of Refusal
157
Epistolary Subjectivity
160
Epistles 11
166
The Duplicitious Speaker of Epistles 17
177
The Economics of Social Inscription
189
The Epistolary Farm and the Status Implications of Epicurean Ataraxia
207
Pastoral and Privation
208

Odes 21
68
Odes 213
80
The Roman Odes and Tragic Sacrifice
91
The Gift of Ideology
104
The Gifts of the Golden Age Land Debt and Aesthetic Surplus
112
Eclogue
118
Eclogue 4
125
Satires 26
138
Epistles 114
217
Epistles 116
235
The Gift and the Reading Community
243
References
251
Subject Index
265
Index Locorum
273
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Phebe Lowell Bowditch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Oregon.

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