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Burnt Offerings and Harpies at Nasidienus’ Dinner-Party (Horace, Satires 2.8)

Lowe, Dunstan (2010) Burnt Offerings and Harpies at Nasidienus’ Dinner-Party (Horace, Satires 2.8). In: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History. Collection Latomus (15). Latomus, Brussels, pp. 240-257. ISBN 978-2-87031-264-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Horace's last Satire describes a disastrous dinner party hosted by the gourmet Nasidienus, which is ruined by a collapsing tapestry. The food served afterwards is presented in a dismembered state. This article argues that several elements of the scene recall the greedy Harpies of Apollonius' Argonautica, and that Horace's friend Virgil shows the influence of this Satire in his own Harpy-scene in Aeneid 3. It also argues that the confusion in the middle of the dinner causes the food cooking in the kitchen to be neglected and burned. This explains the state of the subsequent courses, which Nasidienus has salvaged from a separate disaster backstage.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2013 16:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34364 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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