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The Epistles of Horace by Horace
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Aug 13, 2007

really liked it
Read in August, 2007

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.

A satisfying part of reading this is the sense of humanity that comes off these letters--you get to meet a guy who lived thousands of years ago! And, his concerns were not so different from our concerns today--people continue to struggle with the same issues of materialism, wealth, success, ego, and desire.

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