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Laudibus arguitur vini vinosus Homerus ;
8. Puteal. See Sat. II. vi. 35. some of the bursting of a blood(Cp. Ars P. 471., bidental.') It vessel, followed by death. It may was the resort of money changers : be more naturally taken in the same Qui Puteal, Janumque timet, celeres sense as rumperis, Sat. 1. iii. 136., que Calendas.
and Cicero's dirupi me pæne,' Ad Ov. R. Am. 561. Fam. vii. 1. (quoted by Orelli), or of (See Map of Rome, p. 41.) 'bursting with jealousy,' as in Vir. 10. edixi. Cp. vv. 18, 19. Al. gil's line. (Cp. Cic. ad F. xii. 2., edixit,' sc. Ennius.
plausu dirumpitur.') 11. certare mero, Carm. iv. i. 31. Timagenis. The gen. case is go
15. Iarbitam. A name (or nick- verned by æmula, i. e. ‘his rivalry name) denoting one of Moorish de- of Timagenes.' scent; as if from the Iarbas of Virg. 18. exsangue, 'making bloodless,' Æn. iv. 196. The Scholiast gives i. e. pale. (For instances of this Cordus as the real name of the transitive usage in adjectives, see person intended; and this is conjec- note on Carm. 11. ix. 3.) Cp. 'palturally identified with the Codrus of lentis grana cumini,' Pers. S. v. 55. Virgil : invidiâ rumpantur ut ilia 21. princeps. Carm. III. XXX. 13.; Codro.'-Ecl. vii, 26.
iv. ix. 3. Rupit. This is understood by 25. Lycamben. Epod. vi. 13.
Quod timui mutare modos et carminis artem :
28. i. e. the later poets, Sappho pune, Ep. 11. ï. 105., and Juv. i. I.: and Alcæus, retained the metre of Semper ego auditor tantum ? numArchilochus, though applying it to
quamne reponam ? other subjects, and with a different order or form of verse.
" Orell. cp. Cic. pro Cluent. 51. (141.) 34. Ingenuis. Cp. Sat. 1. x. 76. 41. Hinc illæ lacrimæ. A proand the enumeration there, vv. 814 verb. Ter. And. I. i. 99. 87. Compare Milton's—
42. nugis ad. pondus. Cp. Pers. “ fit audience find though few.” v. 19.:
P. L. vii. 31.) . . . . bullatis ut mihi nugis 37. non ego. i.e. • I flatter neither Pagina turgescat dare pondus idonea plebs nor nobiles.'
fumo. ventosæ. Cp. Cic. ad Fam. ii. 6.: 43. Jovis. i. e. Augusti. (Sat. Il ventorum (i.e. the fickle elements) vi. 52.) quos proposui moderator...' 44. manare, cum acc. case, as in suffragia. Ep. 11. ii. 103. Ov. Met. vi. 312. 38. Impensis. Ars P. 420, sqq.) mella. “Apis Matinæ more," Carm. Cp. Pers. i. 53.
iv. ii. 27. Cp. Lucret. i. 947. :' quasi 39. ultor. i. e. 'revenging myself musæo... melle.' by reciting in my turn." Cp. im- 45. naribus. Sat. I. vi. 5.
Displicet iste locus, clamo, et diludia posco.
AD LIBRUM SUUM.
| 4. Paucis ostendi. See above, on Ep. XX.
Ep. xix. 34. 1. Cp. Ov. Trist. 1. 1. sqq.: 7. quis. Al. quid. Parve, nec invideo, sine me, liber,| 13. Carm. II. xx. 19.: ibis in urbem.
me peritus discet Iber. Vertumnum Janumque. i. e, one 16. Ars P. 467. of the bookselling vicinities. | 19. i. e. When the evening sun
2. ut prostes, that you may be has collected an audience for you.' exposed for sale.'
It is implied that evening was the sosiorum. The booksellers. Ars time for poetic readings. Orelli com163
Q. HORATII FLACCI EPISTOLARUM
LIB. 1. 20.
Me libertino natum patre et in tenui re
20. Sat. I. vi. 6. 45, 46.
24. exigui. Sat. II. iii. 309.
Q. HORATII FLACCI EPISTOLARUM
The opening address is to Augustus, who is said by Suetonius to have complained that he was not mentioned in the Satires.
He is classed with heroes, benefactors of antiquity, and contrasted with them in having his merits rightly judged and in receiving homage due, even in his lifetime. This introduces the proper subject of the epistle, in which complaint is made of the unreasoning eulogies passed on ancient poets, and of the neglect of cotemporary and modern authors (v. 21. sqq.)
These old favourites are enumerated, and the fashionable opinion of them severally is cited (vv. 50–62.); the depreciation of the new generation is reasoned on and traced to jealousy (vy. 63–89.).
The love of novelty is then examined as a principle (vv. 90–113.); the turn it has taken at Rome in favour of literary habits is described ; its harmlessness (v. 119. sqq.), and its services to education (vv. 126-130.), and to religion (vv. 132–138.), are set forth, and then an outline of the rise of satiric and scenic composition (v. 139. sqq.).
Next in scanning the defects of Roman authorship, these are traced not to a want of spirit or invention, but