Chapter Eight. Horace's Debt to Pindar

  1. Gregson Davis
  1. William H. Race

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch8

A Companion to Horace

A Companion to Horace

How to Cite

Race, W. H. (2010) Horace's Debt to Pindar, in A Companion to Horace (ed G. Davis), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch8

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. George L. Paddison Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405155403

Online ISBN: 9781444319187



  • Horace's debt to Pindar;
  • Greek and Latin literature - Quintilian, unequivocally ranking Pindar and Horace as greatest lyric poets;
  • Pindaric corpus, and Horace's debt to Pindar;
  • Pindar marking the culmination—and completion—of the age of Greek lyric poetry;
  • famous beginning of Olympian 1 - serving as representative sample of Pindar's rich style;
  • Horace' professed attitude - toward Pindar and appropriation of the poetic past;
  • Horace's verbal debt to Pindar;
  • Et insurgit aliquando - Horace's grand-style Odes;
  • Titanomachy, quintessential grand-style narrative depicting battle of Jupiter, to establish his reign in heaven;
  • Horace adapting encomiastic tradition—whose greatest practitioner Pindar— making it as his own


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Pindaric corpus

  • Horace's professed attitude toward Pindar and the appropriation of the poetic past

  • Horace's verbal debt to Pindar

  • Et insurgit aliquando : Horace's grand-style odes