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Reusing Horace
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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The reuse of Classical Latin authors was part of every Neo-Latin poet's work. Magnus Rönnow (1665?–1735), a talented Swede, often imitated the Roman poet Horace, when composing panegyric poems to Charles XII of Sweden or to other prominent people. Rönnow was indebted to the ancient author both metrically and thematically. His main source of inspiration was, of course, Horace's third book of Odes, more precisely the first six odes, as all of them deal with the virtues highly esteemed in Rönnow's times, namely courage, reverence for God and righteous behaviour. We should also notice that Rönnow's poetry can't be seen as some kind of copying of the ancient writer, but rather as an elegant reinterpretation or an inventive reuse of him. The aim of the present paper is to illustrate and to discuss the Horatian features in some of the eulogistic poems written by Magnus Rönnow to the Swedish King.

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Magnus Rönnow, Neo-Latin poetry, the reception of Horace in early modern Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279833DiVA: diva2:909069
The 14th International Congress of the International Association of Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS)
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-04

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