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Horace, Sermones, 1.8.1


nanSatire VIII – Priapus and the Witches I was once a fig-tree’s trunk, a lump of useless wood, Till the carpenter, uncertain whether to carve PriapusOr a stool, decided on the god. So I’m a god, the terror Of thieves and birds: my right hand keeps the thieves away Along with the red shaft rising obscenely from my groin: While the reed stuck on my head frightens naughty birds, And stops them settling here in Maecenas’ new Gardens. Once slaves paid to have the corpses of their fellows, Cast from their narrow cells, brought here in a cheap box. This was the common cemetery for a mass of paupers, Like that joker Pantolabus, and the wastrel Nomentanus. Here a pillar marked a width of a thousand feet for graves, Three hundred deep, ground ‘not to be passed to the heirs’! Now you can live on a healthier Esquiline and stroll On the sunny Rampart, where sadly you used to gaze At a grim landscape covered with whitened bones. Personally it’s not the usual thieves and wild creatures Who haunt the place that cause me worry and distress, As those who trouble human souls with their drugs And incantations: I can’t escape them or prevent them From collecting bones and noxious herbs as soon as The wandering Moon has revealed her lovely face.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Hebrew Bible, Psalms, 135.15 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

135.15. עֲצַבֵּי הַגּוֹיִם כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי אָדָם׃ 135.15. The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of men's hands."
2. Septuagint, Jeremiah, 10.16 (8th cent. BCE - 6th cent. BCE)

3. Dead Sea Scrolls, Epistle of Jeremiah, 11, 14, 16, 23, 26, 29-30, 39, 50, 54-58, 63, 65, 67, 69-72, 8-10 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

4. Septuagint, Wisdom of Solomon, 14-15, 13 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5. Anon., Sibylline Oracles, 8.375-8.399 (1st cent. BCE - 5th cent. CE)

8.375. 375 Shall search the heart and bare it to conviction; 8.376. For of all things is he himself the ear 8.377. And mind and sight, and Word that maketh form 8.378. To whom all things submit, and he preserve 8.379. Them that are dead and every sickness heals. 8.380. 380 Into the hands of lawless men, at last 8.381. And faithless he shall come, and they will give 8.382. To God rude buffetings with impure hand 8.383. And poisonous spittle with polluted mouths. 8.384. And he to whips will openly give then 8.385. 385 His holy back; [for he unto the world 8.386. A holy virgin shall himself commit.] 8.387. And silent he will be when buffeted 8.388. Lest anyone should know whose son he i 8.389. Or whence he came, that he may talk to the dead. 8.390. 390 And he shall also wear a crown of thorns; 8.391. For of thorns is the crown an ornament 8.392. Elect, eternal. They shall pierce his side 8.393. With a reed that they may fulfill their law; 8.394. For of reeds shaken by another spirit 8.395. 395 Were nourished inclinations of the soul 8.396. of anger and revenge. But when these thing 8.397. Shall be accomplished, of the which I spoke 8.398. Then unto him shall every law be loosed 8.399. Which from the first by the decrees of men
6. Philo of Alexandria, On The Decalogue, 76 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
alexander the great Taylor and Hay, Philo of Alexandria: On the Contemplative Life: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2020) 131
amasis (egyptian pharaoh) Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
diagoras (atheist) Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
ennius, tentatively deduced as model Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
epicurus, epicureanism Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
external appearance, and internal nature Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
false worship, nature worship Rogers, God and the Idols: Representations of God in 1 Corinthians 8-10 (2016) 72
gastronomy Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
god, representations of, creator Rogers, God and the Idols: Representations of God in 1 Corinthians 8-10 (2016) 72
god, representations of, true existence Rogers, God and the Idols: Representations of God in 1 Corinthians 8-10 (2016) 72
gold, in story of amasis Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
herodotus Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
homer Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
iconoclasm Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127
idols, manmade Rogers, God and the Idols: Representations of God in 1 Corinthians 8-10 (2016) 72
lucilius Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
lucretius Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
praeteritio' Günther, Brill's Companion to Horace (2012) 117
statues, dichotomy of external appearance and internal nature Steiner, Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (2001) 127