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The Complete Odes and Epodes : Penguin Classics - Horace

The Complete Odes and Epodes

Penguin Classics

By: Horace

Paperback Published: 1st September 1983
ISBN: 9780140444223
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The elusive personality and ironic philosophy of Horace are exemplified in seventeen epodes, 103 odes, and The Centennial Hymn

About The Author

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 Athens. There Horace joined Brutus’ army and served on his staff until the defeat at Philippi in 42 BC. On returning to Rome, he found that his father was dead and his property had been confiscated, but he succeeded in obtaining a secretarial post in the treasury, which gave him enough to live on.

The poetry he wrote in the next few years impressed Virgil, who introduced him to the great patron Maecenas in 38 BC. This event marked the beginning of a life-long friendship. From now on Horace had no financial worries; he moved freely among the leading poets and statesmen of Rome; his work was admired by Augustus, and indeed after Virgil’s death in 19 BC he was virtually Poet Laureate. Horace died in 8 BC, only a few months after Maecenas.

ISBN: 9780140444223
ISBN-10: 014044422X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1983
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1