Chapter Seventeen. The Reception of Horace's Odes

  1. Gregson Davis
  1. Lowell Edmunds Professor

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch17

A Companion to Horace

A Companion to Horace

How to Cite

Edmunds, L. (2010) The Reception of Horace's Odes, in A Companion to Horace (ed G. Davis), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, USA

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405155403

Online ISBN: 9781444319187



  • reception of Horace's Poetry;
  • reception of Horace's Odes - facing the breadth of the word “reception”;
  • model of reception in first sense - a reader's or scholar's interpretation of ancient text;
  • text of the Odes - original words in their original order, embodying what Horace meant to say;
  • Education, main social mode of reception of the Odes;
  • the grammarian's school - primary venue for reception of Horace's Odes;
  • scholarly mode - treatment of scholarship on Odes, mode of reception amongst others;
  • sequence of readings, method for the “aesthetics of reception”;
  • scholarship, critical edition of the Odes - being reckoned in history of their reception


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Material mode

  • Social mode

  • Scholarly mode

  • Aesthetic mode

  • Conclusion