The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Horace's voladictory: Carm. 2.20

Howard Jacobsona1

a1 University of Illinois, Urbana

‘It is not likely that anything absolutely new can be added to the interpretation of this familiar poem.’ So G. L. Hendrickson forty five years ago. It need scarcely be noted that in spite of these cautionary words much has been written on this ode in the intervening years. With hesitation I add here a few words on what seems to me an overlooked yet central aspect of this poem.