Satires and Epistles

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Exuberantly mocking the vices and pretensions of his Roman contemporaries, Horace's Satires are stuffed full of comic vignettes, moral insights, and his pervasive humanity. Boasting famous episodes such as the fable of the town mouse and the country mouse and the grotesque dinner party given by the nouveau-riche Nasidienus, these poems influenced not only contemporaries such as Juvenal, but also English satirists from Ben Jonson to W. H. Auden. In the Epistles, Horace used the form of letters to explore ...
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Exuberantly mocking the vices and pretensions of his Roman contemporaries, Horace's Satires are stuffed full of comic vignettes, moral insights, and his pervasive humanity. Boasting famous episodes such as the fable of the town mouse and the country mouse and the grotesque dinner party given by the nouveau-riche Nasidienus, these poems influenced not only contemporaries such as Juvenal, but also English satirists from Ben Jonson to W. H. Auden. In the Epistles, Horace used the form of letters to explore questions of philosophy and how to live a good life. Perhaps the best-known epistle, "The Art of Poetry" (Ars poetica), still influences the work of writers today. These new prose translations by John Davie perfectly capture the lively, scurrilous, and frequently hilarious style of the satires, and the warm and engaging persona of the more meditative epistles. Robert Cowan's introduction and notes take account of the latest scholarship, placing Horace's poems within the development of Roman satire, and exploring the themes of philosophy, morality, sex and gender, literary criticism, politics, and patronage.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199563289
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 549,021
  • Product dimensions: 0.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Davie is former Head of Classics at St. Paul's School, in London. Robert Cowan is Fairfax Tutorial Fellow in Latin Literature at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Satires
Introduction to Book One 13
1 Don't go overboard 33
2 Adultery is childish 39
3 But no one asked you to sing 46
4 And when I have time, I put something down on paper 52
5 From Rome to Brindisi, with stops 58
6 I am only a freedman's son 63
7 King Rex: off with his head 68
8 A little Walpurgisnacht music 70
9 Bored to distraction 73
10 The fine art of criticism 77
Introduction to Book Two 81
1 To write or not to write? (A talk with my lawyer) 99
2 Plain living and high thinking 104
3 A Stoic sermon 110
4 Gourmet a la mode 127
5 How to recoup your losses 132
6 The town mouse and the country mouse 138
7 My slave is free to speak up for himself 144
8 Nasidienus has some friends in for dinner 150
Epistles
Introduction to Book One 157
1 To Maecenas (20 B.C.): Philosophy has clipped my wings 165
2 To Lollius Maximus (22 B.C.): Homer teaches us all how to live, but we have to do it ourselves 170
3 To Julius Florus, campaigning with Tiberius (20 B.C.): How are you out there with all those officers? What are you doing with your spare time? 174
4 To Albius Tibullus (24 B.C.): Don't be depressed, my friend. I'm not! 176
5 To Torquatus (22 B.C.): Come to dinner tonight, the twenty-second 177
6 To Numicius (no date): Nil admirari 179
7 To Maecenas (no date): I won't be coming to town this winter. Sorry! 183
8 To Celsus Albinovanus, campaigning with Tiberius (20 B.C.): I'm depressed. Hope you aren't 188
9 To Tiberius (20 B.C.): Recommending to you my friend Septimius 190
10 To Aristius Fuscus (21 B.C.): You can have the city. I'll take the country 191
11 To Bullatius (no date): How was your trip? 194
12 To Iccius, in Sicily (20 B.C.): Hope you are doing well in your work for the Department of External Revenue. But do look up Pompeius Grosphus. Here's the latest news from Rome 196
13 To Vinius Asina (23 B.C.): Please give these odes to Augustus, and watch what you're doing! 198
14 To the foreman on my farm (no date): You can have the city; I'll take the country 200
15 To Numonius Vala (22 B.C.): I'm planning to come south for the winter. What's it like down there? 203
16 To Quinctius (25 B.C.): Virtue is wisdom 206
17 To Scaeva (no date): How to win friends and influence patrons 210
18 To Lollius Maximus (20 B.C.): How to influence patrons: be yourself! 214
19 To Maecenas (20 B.C.): My lyric poetry is not derivative, it's contributive 220
20 To my first book of epistles (20 B.C.): I guess it's up to you to make your own way in the world 223
Introduction to Book Two 225
1 The Epistle to Augustus: The literary tradition, and the role of our Roman writers 248
2 To Julius Florus, still campaigning with Tiberius: Literary ambitions, and how to survive them 260
3 The art of poetry 271
Notes 295
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