Horace (65-8 bc) was one of the greatest poets of the Golden or Augustan age of Latin literature, a master of precision and irony who brilliantly transformed early Greek iambic and lyric poetry into sophisticated Latin verse of outstanding beauty. Offering allusive and exquisitely crafted insights into the brief joys of the present and the uncertain nature of the future, his Odes and Epodes explore such diverse themes as the virtues of pastoral life, the joys of wine, friendship and love, and the poet’s personal anguish following Brutus’ defeat at the battle of Phillipi. Ranging from subtle and tender hymns to the gods to bawdy celebrations of human passions, they remain among the most influential of all poems, inspiring poets from the Roman era to the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment and beyond.
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Table Of Contents
The Complete Odes and EpodesIntroduction Select Bibliography Translator’s Foreword
Epodes Odes, Book I Odes, Book II Odes, Book III Centennial Hymn Odes, Book IV
Appendix: Suetonius, The Life of Horace Notes Glossary of Proper Names Index to Poems
Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born in 6 B.C. at Venusia in Apulia. His father, though once a slave, had made enough money as an auctioneer to send his son to a well-known school in Rome and subsequently to university in… More about Horace
Published by Penguin Classics Jul 28, 1983| 256 Pages| ISBN 9780140444223