"Dionysiac Poetics" and the Memory of Civil War in Horace's Cleopatra Ode

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

This chapter shows what can be done with civil war's painful and divisive legacy in a lyric poem. In brief, lyric holds out the promise of remediation, and Horace's Cleopatra ode (1.37), particularly in its exploitation of Dionysiac elements, offers a glimpse of community restored. With this examination of the productive engagement between an innovative poetic genre and the recent Roman experience of civil war, the chapter illustrates how poetry can shape society.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCitizens of Discord
Subtitle of host publicationRome and Its Civil Wars
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199866496
ISBN (Print)9780195389579
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

Keywords

  • Civil war
  • Cleopatra ode
  • Horace
  • Poetics

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of '"Dionysiac Poetics" and the Memory of Civil War in Horace's Cleopatra Ode'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this