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Horace: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Horace: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Publication Date: February 28th, 2024
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Horace was one of the greatest poets during the reign of Augustus and is seen as mark of cultural sophistication since this time. This Very Short Introduction examines how Horace's poetry has exerted enormous influence but argues that it is best understood within the traditions of ancient literature.

Llewellyn Morgan guides the reader through the dizzying vagaries of Horace's biography, which reflects the political and social instability of the period. His poetry, and the life he artfully constructs and presents to us in it, engages both with the greatest crisis that Rome had ever faced, and its resolution by the first Emperor. Horace is Rome's laureate, and through him we experience the anxieties and triumphs of his age. For posterity, Horace has served for a model of the good life, a promoter of enlightened retirement, but has also exemplified poetic artistry, and is the most creative manipulator of the Latin language, even among his remarkable contemporaries.

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About the Author

Llewelyn Morgan, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford Llewelyn Morgan has taught Greek and Roman languages and literature at Brasenose College for 25 years, and before that at University College Dublin. He has published books on Virgil, Ovid, poetic metre, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, and nineteenth-century archaeology in North-West India, and articles on many aspects of Greco-Roman literature. He is particularly active in promoting Classics in schools, and has also made regular appearances in Classics-related radio programmes. Morgan is the author of Ovid: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2020).