Influences of Callimachean Aesthetics on the Satires and Odes of Horace

Author: Coffta, David
This study investigates the literary program of Horace’s Odes as part of the Callimachean tradition’s emphasis on brevity, novelty, and refinement, as well as a familiarity with a critical vocabulary, formulated at Rome and mirroring the programmatic imagery and terminology pioneered at Alexandria. It begins with a preliminary analysis of the Satires, and discusses the ‘meta-literary’ aspects of both the Satires and the Odes.


“The present book will be of particular interest to Latin Philologists specializing in Horace…..a bold, thought-provoking and stimulating contribution to the study of the influence of Callimachus in Roman letters and to the interpretation of the satirical work of Horace.” – Gabriel Laguna Mariscal, University of Cordoba, Spain

“. . . it presents in a very succinct and clear form the major features of the Callimachean programme as scholars have hashed it out over the past thirty years. . . . the study forms a very useful handbook of Callimachean aesthetics as they appear most clearly in Horace’s poetry, and in this regard I would highly recommend it to any student or scholar beginning research in this area. The bibliography is excellently inclusive.” – Diane L. Johnson

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Programmatic Assertion and Imagery in Horatian Satire
3. The Aesthetic Programme of Horatian Lyric
4. Conclusions
Notes; Bibliography; Index