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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2007

LAT 365 • Horace

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33590 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 10
Hankinson

Course Description

This class will read a selection of Horace's lyric poetry from all four books of Odes; we may also glance at an Epode or two. Horace lived in turbulent times - he fought, without distinction, on the wrong side at Philippi, but was later rehabilitated and taken under the wing of Maecenas, Augustus's minister of culture. He was a friend and admirer of Vergil, but the two poets are of a very different temperament. Although Horace did from time to time write political and patriotic poetry, and was familiar with the urban life of Rome, his best poetry celebrates the quiet pleasures of rural life; wine, relaxation, love, but with a distinctive wry, ironic detachment. Texts: Daniel H. Garrison, tr. Horace: Epodes & Odes

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