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Record 21736

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'He repeated a good many lines of Horace's "Odes", while we were in the chaise. I remember particularly the Ode [italics] Eheu fugaces [italics]. He said, the dispute as to the comparative excellence of Homer or Virgil was inaccurate. "We must consider (said he) whether Homer was not the greatest poet, though Virgil may have produced the finest poem. Virgil was indebted to Homer for the whole invention of the structure of an epick poem, and for many of his beauties".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 22 Sep 1777
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Samuel Johnson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Horace
Title: Odes
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21736  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Boswell
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 870
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Boswell (Oxford, 1980), p. 870, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21736, accessed: 05 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791

 

 

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