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The Satires of Horace and Persius (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140442793
ISBN10: 0140442790
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Inspiring poets from Ben Jonson and Alexander Pope to W. H. Auden and Robert Frost, the writings of Horace and Persius have had a powerful influence on later Western literature. The Satires of Persius are highly idiosyncratic, containing a courageous attack on the poetry and morals of his wealthy contemporarieseven the ruling emperor, Nero. The Satires of Horace, written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's 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 poetryits history and social functions, and the craft required for its success.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Gold Gato, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
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 more 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 more 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 more stolid.

"...for I have learned that the gods live a life of calm,
and that if nature presents some strange occurrence it is not
sent down by the gods in anger from their high home in the sky."

Niall Rudd does an excellent job with the translation, making it easy to follow where each poet is heading. This is a classic to keep on the bookshelf, needed in times when the modern world seems as familiar as that of Imperial days.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140442793
Other:
Rudd, Niall
Author:
Horace
Author:
Rudd, Niall
Author:
Persius, Rudd
Author:
Persius
Author:
Horace
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Perseus (greek mythology)
Subject:
Latin poetry
Subject:
Satire, latin
Subject:
Latin literature
Subject:
Verse satire, Latin
Subject:
Rome Poetry.
Subject:
English literature -- Translations from Latin.
Subject:
Latin literature -- Translations into Latin.
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
19740330
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
Latin
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.75x5.06x.71 in. .53 lbs.

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