Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Caroline A. Perkins

Second Advisor

Christina E. Franzen

Third Advisor

E. Del Chrol


As the first poem within Horace's original publication of Odes, Odes 1.1 embodies aspects of theme and style representative of the poet's approach to the genre of lyric poetry. The Odes of Horace allow various interpretations by the reader based on construction, vocabulary and imagery. This thesis explores Odes 1.1 in its entirety through such approaches and focuses on the text and subtext incorporated by the poet. The first chapter sets the foundation needed in order to begin a study of Horace's lyric poetry, detailing the genre as a whole, the life of the poet, as well as the contradiction addressed in this paper. Chapter Two carefully examines the priamel through an in depth exploration of both philology and imagery. Next, Chapter Three examines the final seven lines of Odes 1.1, and closely studies Horace's request of Maecenas. The final chapter explores Horace's intentions as an author and the underlying meaning within not only Odes 1.1, but the entirety of Book 1 and the Odes in general. Through this detailed investigation of Odes 1.1, one can see the way Horace's work as a Latin lyric poet works towards the establishment of Latin lyric poetry, and the way in which the poet creates a strong foundation for such a genre.


Horace. Carmina. Liber I


Horace - Criticism and interpretation