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Trojan Restoration and the Aeneid in Horace, Odes 3.3


Wallis, J, Trojan Restoration and the Aeneid in Horace, Odes 3.3, Mnemosyne, 74, (4) pp. 626-647. ISSN 0026-7074 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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This article argues that Juno’s speech in Horace’s Odes 3.3 includes a short series of programmatic allusions to Virgil’s Aeneid that assist Horace in promoting the distinct identity of his own lyric poetry. Juno’s speech asserts that Rome’s passage to greatness depends on not ‘rebuilding Troy’. Horace’s allusions identify the motif of Trojan restoration as a central theme in the Aeneid’s narrative, and, in a metapoetic sense, associate it pejoratively with the cultural performance of the epic itself in its canonical retelling of the Trojan story. In this way Horace uses Juno’s speech strategically to characterise the Aeneid as decadent and regressive; by contrast Juno promotes moral restraint as a virtue that characterises Horatian lyric.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Horace Odes 3.3, Virgil’s Aeneid, allusion, Roman lyric, Roman epic, Troy
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Latin and classical Greek literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Wallis, J (Dr Jonathan Wallis)
ID Code:147481
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2021-11-03
Last Modified:2021-12-08
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