Title: The Works of Horace (Horatii Flacci Opera)
Author: Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Publisher: ROBERTUM FREEBARNIUM, Edinburgh, 1731. Very scarce.
Condition: Hardcover, leather, pocket sized. Well aged and well-worn, but complete, still well-bound, although the hinges are tender. A few stains and marks.
All text is in Latin.
One of the greatest Latin poets, Quintus Horatius Flaccus (8 December 65 BC – 27 November 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: “He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words.”
Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Sermones and Epistles) and caustic iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are amusing yet serious works, friendly in tone, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: “as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings”.
Contents (links to wikipedia for details):
- Satires 1 (c. 35–34 BC)
- Satires 2 (c. 30 BC)
- Epodes (30 BC)
- Odes 1–3 (c. 23 BC)
- Epistles 1 (c. 21 BC)
- Epistles 2 (c. 11 BC)
- Odes 4 (c. 11 BC)
- Ars Poetica (c. 10–8 BC)