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Evgenia P. Litinskaya, Ekaterina L. Smirnova

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Evgeniia P. Litinskaya — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Literature, Russian Literature and Journalism, Institute of Philology, Petrozavodsk State University, Lenina Ave. 33, 185910 Petrozavodsk, Russia. 

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5901-7187

E-mail: litgenia@yandex.ru

Ekaterina L. Smirnova — PhD in History, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign History, Institute of History, Political and Social Science, Petrozavodsk State University, Lenina Ave. 33, 185910 Petrozavodsk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0579-8774

E-mail: esmirnova@petrsu.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 71


pp. 137–154


April 27, 2023

Approved after reviewing

September 11, 2023

Date of publication

March 25, 2024



Index UDK

821.161.1 + 82.091 + 808.1 + 930.23

Index BBK

83.8 (2Рос=Рус)


Researchers differently assess the reception of antiquity in Russian literature in the second third of the 19 c., primarily in connection with the formation of a new system of values in the era of Romanticism. Horace's poetry, having had a significant impact on the development of the Russian literature in the 18 — early 19 century, was being reinterpreted starting from the second third of the 19 c. The paper attempts to identify the characteristics and features of addressing to the work of the Latin poet in the “Library for Reading” journal, published in 1834–1865. As a result of the analysis of critical and literary publications, the conclusion is drawn about the fickle, uneven interest of editors in the work of Horace. Almost total absence of references to him in publications of the 1830s gives way to increasing attention in the 1840s and 1850s, contrary to the popular trend of critical attitude towards the Latin poet. The publication of an essay on life and work, poetic translations, imitation and a critical abstract on the translation of satires informed Horatian theme with a new sounding. In the interpretation of Horace's work, two approaches were present. Horace's biography and literary heritage become the object of academic research in the articles of the sections “Science and Art” and “Miscellaneous”. In the printed translations from Horace, the lyrics of the classical poet become a basis for the dialogue of times, adding reflections on problems common to all ages and answers to questions posed by life that are similar in depth of content and talent of expression. The study of Horace-related publications of “Library for Reading” came to be instrumental in discovering and providing of the first analysis of an anonymous translation of Carm I, 19 overlooked in popular indexes on the works of ancient authors.


Horace, Senkovsky, Kreshev, Ode, Translation, Imitation, Allusion, Antiquity, Poetry, History of Ancient Rome.


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