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By Stephen Harrison

The poetry of Horace used to be critical to Victorian male elite schooling and the traditional poet himself, certainly refashioned, turned a version for the English gentleman. Horace and the Victorians examines the English reception of Horace in Victorian tradition, a interval which observed the rules of the self-discipline of recent classical scholarship in England and of many linked and lasting social values. It indicates that the scholarly research, translation and literary imitation of Horace during this interval have been an important parts in reinforcing the social status of Classics as a self-discipline and its functionality as a trademark of 'gentlemanly' prestige via its domination of the elite academic process and its prominence in literary production.

The booklet ends with an epilogue suggesting that the framework of research and reception of a classical writer similar to Horace, so firmly tested within the Victorian period, has been modernised and 'democratised' in recent times, matching the stream of Classics from a self-discipline which enhances conventional and conservative social values to at least one which are visible as either marginal and liberal.

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