Horace: Epodes

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 5, 1995 - History - 329 pages
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Horace's book of Epodes consists of seventeen poems in different versions of the iambus, the meter traditionally associated with lampoon. David Mankin's introduction and commentary examines all aspects of Horace's relationship with his models and of the technical accomplishment of his verse, and places the Epodes firmly in their literary and historical context while also giving help with linguistic problems. Students and scholars alike will welcome this commentary, the only one providing a full and detailed interpretation in English.

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Horace is one of the most noted poets and satirists of Ancient times. Born Quintus Horatius Flaccus, to a former slave in 65 B.C., Horace was taken to Rome and Athens to be educated. He joined Brutus's army after the assassination of Julius Caesar, and later came under favor of the emperor Octavian. Horace used his observations of politics to great advantage in his works. Horace is chiefly remembered for his four books of Odes. Technically and lyrically stunning, they contain word organization and imagery that is employed masterfully. He is also noted for the brilliant satires that brought him to the attention of the poet Virgil. Virgil introduce him to Maecenas, a wealthy patron, who would help Horace throughout his life. Horace earned a great reputation during his lifetime and was an example to many later generations of poets. Horace died in 8 B.C., a few months after his friend and patron Maecenas.

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