The Satires of Horace 65 8 BC , written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus regime, provide an amusing treatment of men s perennial enslavement to money, power, glory and sex Epistles I, addressed to the poet s friends, deals with the problem of achieving contentment amid the complexities of urban life, while Epistles II and the Ars PoeticaThe Satires of Horace 65 8 BC , written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus regime, provide an amusing treatment of men s perennial enslavement to money, power, glory and sex Epistles I, addressed to the poet s friends, deals with the problem of achieving contentment amid the complexities of urban life, while Epistles II and the Ars Poetica discuss Latin poetry its history and social functions, and the craft required for its success Both works have had a powerful influence on later Western literature, inspiring poets from Ben Jonson and Alexander Pope to W H Auden and Robert Frost The Satires of Persius AD 34 62 are highly idiosyncratic, containing a courageous attack on the poetry and morals of his wealthy contemporaries even the ruling emperor, Nero.
The Satires of Horace and Persius The Satires of Horace BC written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus regime provide an amusing treatment of men s perennial enslavement to money power glory and
SATIRES AND EPISTLES ca 20 B.C Horace I remember translating the odes of Horace from Latin when in high school Those poems were difficult to translate and keep the metrical properties of the original language When I began to read these satires, I could see that these would be an order of magnitude harder In fact, I was never rreally able to establish any metrical quality even when reading these aloud After reading a few of them, I decided I needed to look up the real meaning of satire, so that m [...]
Horace was The Dude of ancient Rome The man could turn a verse like no one else Yet, he wasn t of the florid lurid style, he was like the Phil Collins of the classics Middle class and pragmatic, which closely resembled the Roman masses themselves.This volume collects Horace s satires along with those of Persius, who is a bit of a prude Persius wasn t too crazy about Nero and his extravagances and he is basically wagging a finger at the wicked one with his satires Horace is stolidr I have lear [...]
The original Latin satirist, Lucilius, is lost to us, but Horace s satires, which are considered by their author an improvement upon the former, naturally where are the modest artists , remain Horace seems to be that first manifestation of literary paring down which I like to call Hemingway s disease, where the writer takes a formerly vivid and creative genre, considers much of what it was superfluous, and leaves us with an essential, visceral leftover to dumb down the reader s brain and force t [...]
I can t get enough Horace He sounds like he was alive yesterday.
I remember as a student translating the satires of both Horace and Persius Translating biting humor is difficult, in that it requires supreme understanding of language and the frequent double use of meaning to achieve comedic effect In this, Rudd does an incredibly good job.Horace, the oldest satirist in the Latin language for which we still have writings, is the formulator of what is called satirical style Improving upon such writers as Lucilius, he strove to provide a middle path between humor [...]
Although less biting than Juvenal, both Horace and Persius are much easier reading the historical particulars aren t as important, the narratives are a bit gripping, and the poems are varied Rudd s translation is clear and strikes a nice balance very Horatian, that between keeping some reminder that the poem isn t just prose chopped into shorter lines and accuracy It s nice to read pre Whitmanians, to remind oneself that the masses are often wrong the people often confer office on worthless ca [...]
The translator, Niall Rudd, did an amazing job of making the topical allusions in these 2,000 year old poems accessible to the modern reader Philosophic and humorous looks at life in Roman times, sometimes X rated and misogynistic I was surprised to find the story of the country mouse and the town mouse goes back at least to Horace.
Having read six or seven of Horace s Satires, I think I can safely conclude that I would not want to be friends with this simpering ego of a man.