Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian regarded his Odes as almost the only Latin lyrics worth reading, justifying his estimate with the words: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."
Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Sermones and Epistles) and scurrilous iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are playful and yet serious works, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault;... more »
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- BkI:XI Carpe Diem
- BkI:V Treacherous Girl
- BkI:II To Augustus
- BkI:IX Winter
- BkI:VIII: To Lydia: Stop Ruining Sybaris...
- BkI:XVII The Delights of the Country
- BkI:I The Dedication: To Maecenas
- BkI:XVIII Wine
- BkI:XXIII Chloë, Don’t Run.
- BkI:IV Spring
- BkI:XX To Maecenas
- BkI:III Virgil: Off to Greece
- BkI:VII Tibur
- BkI:VI A Tribute to Agrippa
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