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The Epistles of Horace

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My aim is to take familiar things and make
Poetry of them, and do it in such a way
That it looks as if it was as easy as could be
For anybody to do it . . . the power of making
A perfectly wonderful thing out of nothing much.
--from "The Art of Poetry"

When David Ferry's translation of The Odes of Horace appeared in 1997, Bernard Knox, writing in The New York Review of Books, ca
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published -20)
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May 22, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fra le speranze e gli affanni, fra ciò che temi o t'adira, fa conto che ogni giorno che vivi per te sia quello supremo: grato sopravverà, domani, l'ora in cui non avevi sperato

"Epistole e Ars poetica" di Orazio è un regalo donatomi da un'amica.
Questa è il principale motivo del perchè io mi sia cimentato in un'opera latina, non proprio il mio principale campo di lettura.
Al contrario degli iniziali dubbi e tentennamenti, la lettura delle 22 epistole si è rivelata un'esperienza estremamente edific
Nov 03, 2012 Agato rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il 'primo libro' è abbastanza interessante, tratta di varie lettere che Orazio scrive a vari destinatari. E' interessante da notare che dalle sue lettere traspare un mondo dell'antichità non molto differente da quello attuale.

Il 'secondo libro' è noioso.
Aug 13, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
David Ferry does very approachable translations, and this one is a fun, quick read. It's a collection of Horace's letters to his friends. He doles out a lot of advice, and it's solid advice--if he published this book today, it would be under self-help, although a very poetic self-help. It's self-help in the best sense--it's about improved living. Horace had a sense of humor, and was a good time guy, too--I especially like his letter "To Torquatus" about the virtues of alcohol.

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

Born in the small town of Venusia in the border region between Apulia and Lucania (Basilicata), Horace was the son of a freed slave, who owned a small farm in Venusia, and later moved to Rome to work as a coactor (a middleman
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et mala perrumpet furtim fastidia victrix.
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