Horace: A Very Short Introduction
 
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ISBN13:9780192849649
ISBN10:0192849646
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:144 pages
Size:74x110x10 mm
Weight:124 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 10 black and white images
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Horace: A Very Short Introduction

 
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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This book examines the career of the Roman poet Horace, one of the greatest writers in Roman literature. It introduces his poetry with illustrations from all his works, and contextualises his career in Greek and Roman literary tradition and within the tumultuous events of his life as civil war gave way to the reign of the first emperor Augustus.

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Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring

Horace was one of the greatest poets during the reign of Augustus and is seen as a mark of cultural sophistication since this time. This Very Short Introduction examines how Horace's poetry has exerted enormous influence but argues that it is best understood within the traditions of ancient literature.

Llewellyn Morgan guides the reader through the dizzying vagaries of Horace's biography, which reflects the political and social instability of the period. His poetry, and the life he artfully constructs and presents to us in it, engages both with the greatest crisis that Rome had ever faced, and its resolution by the first Emperor. Horace is Rome's laureate, and through him we experience the anxieties and triumphs of his age. For posterity, Horace has served for a model of the good life, a promoter of enlightened retirement, but has also exemplified poetic artistry, and is the most creative manipulator of the Latin language, even among his remarkable contemporaries.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Satire
Epodes
Odes
Epistles
Horace after Horace
Further reading
Index