Spring 1985 - Michael C. J. Putnam - Townsend Lectures

February 26, 1985

Michael C. J. Putnam, Brown University, delivered seven Townsend Lectures in the Spring of 1985 on "Artifices of Immortality: The Odes of Horace's Fourth Book."

The dates and titles of his seven lectures were:

February 26, 1985 - "Horace's Valediction"
Putnam adopts a "post-reconstructionist" view in his analysis of Horace's fourth book of odes.

March 5, 1985 - "The Loving Muse"
Putnam discusses the first three books of Horace's odes.

March 12, 1985 - "Learned Apollo"
Putnam focuses on Horace's fourth book of odes, with particular attention to references to Apollo.

March 19, 1985 - "Time and Redemption"
Putnam refers to themes of time and redemption in Horace's fourth book of odes, focusing on the disappearance of winter, the arrival of spring, and the transitory nature of the "deaths" of the seasons as compared to human death.

March 26, 1985 - "Festivity's Music"
Putnam focuses on the themes of party and pleasure in Horace's fourth book of odes.

April 9, 1985 - "Sources and Song"
Putnam discusses the odes of Horace's fourth book and his influence on culture.

April 16, 1985 - "Past and Future Time"
Putnam discusses Horace's odes and analogies of them in more recent works.

Book cover: Artifices of Eternity: Horace's Fourth Book of Odes

Artifices of Eternity: Horace’s Fourth Book of Odes is a part of the Townsend Lectures Series of Cornell Studies in Classical Philology.

Photo of Michael C. J. Putnam.