Satires, I.

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Hackett Publishing, 1892 - 61 pages
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The Satires of Horace offer a hodgepodge of genres and styles: philosophy and bawdry; fantastic tales and novelistic vignettes; portraits of the poet, his contemporaries, and his predecessors; jibes, dialogue, travelogue, rants, and recipes; and poetic effects in a variety of modes. For all their apparent lightheartedness, however, the poems both illuminate and bear the marks of a momentous event in world history, one in which Horace himself played an active role -- the death of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Principate. 

 

John Svarlien's lively blank-verse translation reflects the wide range of styles and tones deployed throughout Horace's eighteen sermones or "conversations," deftly reproducing their distinctive humor while tracking the poet's changing mannerisms and moods. 

 

David Mankin's Introduction offers a brief account of the political upheavals in which Horace participated as well as the social setting in which his Satires were produced, and points up hallmarks of the poets distinctive brand of satire. His detailed commentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Roman society and an often between-the-lines examination of a key work of one of Rome's sharpest observers.

 

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Page 46 - IBAM forte via Sacra, sicut meus est mos, Nescio quid meditans nugarum, totus in illis : Accurrit quidam notus mihi nomine tantum, Arreptaque manu, "Quid agis, dulcissime rerum?" " Suaviter ut nunc est," inquam, " et cupio omnia quae vis." Cum assectaretur: "Num quid vis?" occupo. At ille, "Noris nos," inquit;
Page 24 - in me iacis ? est auctor quis denique eorum 80 vixi cum quibus? absentem qui rodit amicum, qui non defendit alio culpante, solutos qui captat risus hominum famamque dicacis, fingere qui non visa potest, commissa tacere qui nequit, hie niger est, hunc tu, Romane, caveto.
Page 52 - Et sermone opus est modo tristi, saepe iocoso, Defendente vicem modo rhetoris atque poetae, Interdum urbani parcentis viribus atque Extenuantis eas consulto. Ridiculum acri Fortius et melius magnas plerumque secat res.
Page 12 - ... sacra ferret; habebat saepe ducentos, saepe decem servos ; modo reges atque tetrarchas, omnia magna loquens, modo „sit mihi mensa tripes et concha salis puri et toga, quae defendere frigus quamvis crassa queat.
Page 36 - ... atqui si vitiis mediocribus ac mea paucis mendosa est natura, alioqui recta, velut si egregio inspersos reprehendas corpore naevos...
Page 22 - Agedum, pauca accipe contra. Primum ego me illorum, dederim quibus esse poe'tis, Excerpam numero : neque enim concludere versum 40 Dixeris esse satis ; neque si qui scribat uti nos Sermoni propiora, putes hunc esse poetam. Ingenium cui sit, cui mens divinior atque os Magna sonaturum, des nominis hujus honorem.
Page 54 - ... saepe stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturus, neque te ut miretur turba labores, contentus paucis lectoribus. an tua demens vilibus in ludis dictari carmina malis? 75 non ego; nam satis est equitem mihi plaudere, ut audax, contemptis aliis, explosa Arbuscula dixit. men moveat cimex Pantilius aut cruciet quod vellicet absentem Demetrius aut quod ineptus Fannius Hermogenis laedat conviva Tigelli?
Page 4 - Quae, simul inversum contristat Aquarius annum, Non usquam prorepit et illis utitur ante Quaesitis sapiens...
Page 26 - ... nonne vides Albi ut male vivat filius utque Baius inops? magnum documentum ne patriam rem 110 perdere quis velit.» a turpi meretricis amore cum deterreret, «Scetani dissimilis sis». ne sequerer moechas, concessa cum Venere uti possem, «deprensi non bella est fama Treboni
Page 4 - ... ridens percurram : quamquam ridentem dicere verum quid vetat? ut pueris olim dant crustula blandi 25 doctores, elementa velint ut discere prima...

About the author (1892)

John Svarlien is Professor of Classics, Transylvania University.

David Mankin is Associate Professor of Classics, Cornell University.

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