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Horace : a life

Author: Peter Levi
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of all the Roman poets, Horatius Flaccus (65 BC to 8 BC) is undoubtedly the greatest. His vast corpus of work (the Epodes, Satires, Odes, Epistles and the Ars Poetica) spanned all aspects of Roman life: politics, the arts, religion, and the authority of the emperor, while his poems about friendship, philosophy, love and sex still have considerable universal appeal. For two thousand years he has been kept alive by
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Horace.; Horace.; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Levi
ISBN: 0415920086 9780415920087 0415920094 9780415920094
OCLC Number: 37594349
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 270 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Peter Levi.
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Of all the Roman poets, Horatius Flaccus (65 BC to 8 BC) is undoubtedly the greatest. His vast corpus of work (the Epodes, Satires, Odes, Epistles and the Ars Poetica) spanned all aspects of Roman life: politics, the arts, religion, and the authority of the emperor, while his poems about friendship, philosophy, love and sex still have considerable universal appeal. For two thousand years he has been kept alive by scholars who have felt a great affinity with the benign personality that emerges. But not since Fraenkel's life of Horace in 1957 has a substantial biography of the poet been undertaken.

This book makes a real attempt to present a complete picture of the life of Horace and the world in which he lived. It considers the details of Horace's romantic liaisons and why he never married, what the status of his father - a freedman - meant to the poet, and his distinctive brand of philosophy.

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