The Satires of Horace [NOOK Book]

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The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse.

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The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse.

Horace continues to influence modern lyric poetry, and our greatest poets continue to translate and marvel at his command of formal style, his economy of expression, his variety, and his mature humanism. Horace's comic genius has also had a profound influence on the Western literary tradition through such authors as Swift, Pope, and Boileau, but interest in the Satires has dwindled due to the difficulty of capturing Horace's wit and formality with the techniques of contemporary free verse.

A. M. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The lyric poetry of antiquity is often as important to modern poets as it is to translators and classical scholars. Mulroy is a professor of classics (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), and Carson (classics, McGill Univ.; The Beauty of the Husband) and the late William Matthews (After All: Last Poems) are well-regarded poets. Following Pound's dictum to "make it new," Mulroy and Matthews translate Catullus and Horace into modern American idiom, striving where possible to find cultural equivalents rather than literal translations. At the same time, they try to be true to the shifting tones and rhythms of their originals. The results are fluent, giving some sense of the contemporaneousness that Catullus and Horace would have evoked in their audiences. Carson's translation follows Sappho's diction and form much more closely and includes the Greek original on the facing page. Much of what survives of Sappho are fragments, often just a stray word, phrase, or even a few letters. Like many modern poets, Carson deploys these on the blank page, letting their suggestiveness fill the gaps and create whole lyrics in the imagination of the readers. All three translators aim for a general audience, though Mulroy and Carson also include notes and introductions of value to the more scholarly reader. All three books are recommended for both public and academic libraries. T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"This translation is highly enjoyable, giving a Latinless reader a vivid impression of these self-conscious poems."—Times Literary Supplement

"The best edition available of the 'Satires' in English. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"A delight to read—full of fiendishly clever rhymes that the old master of dactylic hexameter himself would have relished."—Anthony Esolen, Providence College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812207699
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 530 KB

Meet the Author

Poet A. M. Juster's books include Longing for Laura, a translation of selected works by Petrarch, The Secret Language of Women: Poems, winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, and a new translation of Tibullus's Elegies. Susanna Braund is Canada Research Professor of Latin Poetry and Its Reception at the University of British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction by Susanna Braund

Book I
Satire 1
Satire 2
Satire 3
Satire 4
Satire 5
Satire 6
Satire 7
Satire 8
Satire 9
Satire 10

Book II
Satire 1
Satire 2
Satire 3
Satire 4
Satire 5
Satire 6
Satire 7
Satire 8

Notes
Sources
Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Excellent new translation of a classic!

    Very accurate translation, rendered in English light verse tradition. A joy to read.

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