Horace and Politics

  title={Horace and Politics},
  author={Richard Gaskin},
It seems to me that reading Horace’s poetry with Housman’s double irony in mind helps us to understand the way in which he combines public and private elements. The private does not “sap” the public, as some recent commentators have suggested:1 rather, each element retains its own integrity and seriousness. The private voice might sometimes look as though it were intended to undermine the public, but in fact we have to do with a double irony, and the relation between the public and private is… CONTINUE READING