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Title:
Odes and epodes
Author:
Horace.
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Uniform Title:
Carmina. English & Latin
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
ix, 350 pages ; 17 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780674996090
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The poetry of Horace (born 65 BCE) is richly varied, its focus moving between public and private concerns, urban and rural settings, Stoic and Epicurean thought. Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of the great Roman poet's Odes and Epodes , a fluid translation facing the Latin text.

Horace took pride in being the first Roman to write a body of lyric poetry. For models he turned to Greek lyric, especially to the poetry of Alcaeus, Sappho, and Pindar; but his poems are set in a Roman context. His four books of odes cover a wide range of moods and topics. Some are public poems, upholding the traditional values of courage, loyalty, and piety; and there are hymns to the gods. But most of the odes are on private themes: chiding or advising friends; speaking about love and amorous situations, often amusingly. Horace's seventeen epodes, which he called iambi, were also an innovation for Roman literature. Like the odes they were inspired by a Greek model: the seventh-century iambic poetry of Archilochus. Love and political concerns are frequent themes; here the tone is generally that of satirical lampoons. "In his language he is triumphantly adventurous," Quintilian said of Horace; this new translation reflects his different voices.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Metresp. 12
Bibliographyp. 16
Odes
Book I

p. 22

Book II

p. 96

Book III

p. 140

Book IV

p. 218

Hymn for a New Agep. 262
Epodesp. 270
Index of First Linesp. 321
Index of Namesp. 325