Odes and Epodes

Odes and Epodes

The poetry of Horace (born 65 bc) is richly varied, its focus moving between public and private concerns, urban and rural settings, Stoic and Epicurean thought. Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of the great Roman poet's Odes and Epodes, a fluid translation facing the Latin text. Horace took pride in being the first Roman to write a body of lyric poetry. For models he turned to Greek lyric, especially to the poetry of Alcaeus, Sappho, and Pindar; but his poems are set in a Roman context. His four books of odes cover a wide range of moods and topics. Some are public poems, upholding the traditional values of courage, loyalty, and piety; and there are hymns to the gods. But most of the odes are on private themes: chiding or advising friends; speaking about love and amorous situations, often amusingly. Horace's seventeen epodes, which he called iambi, were also an innovation for Roman literature. Like the odes they were inspired by a Greek model: the seventh-century imabic poetry of Archilochus. Love and political concerns are frequent themes; here the tone is generally that of satirical lampoons. In his language he is triumphantly adventurous, Quintilian said of Horace;

* Book I
* Book II
* Book III
* Book IV
Hymn for a New Age

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    Odes and Epodes Reviews

  • Fergus

    Behold yon mountain’s hoary heightMade higher with new mounds of snow:Again behold the winter’s weightOppress the labouring woods below...- Horace, Ode I, 9: Dryden translation.Old age is No Fun! ...

  • Alan

    Not salacious enough for my Latin taste: I prefer Ovid (esp Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris) as did Shakespeare, I believe, and Martial as did Byron but not his mother. Rousseau in his Discours sur le...

  • Gary Inbinder

    I highly recommend Horace's haunting Carpe Diem poems, and W.G. Shepherd's elegant translations do them justice. My favorite? Ode 1.4, Solvitur acris hiems. These lines in particular:Pallid death kick...

  • Eadweard

    Some were pastoral, some dealt with the gods, others were about war or in praise of mighty Augustus or Horace's BFF Maecenas. For the most part the translation was fine but twice he scared me by using...

  • Emily

    "I have built a monument more long-lasting than bronzeand set higher than the pyramids of kings.It cannot be destroyed by gnawing rainor wild north wind, by the processionof unnumbered years or by the...

  • Evan Leach

    This book contains both the Odes and Epodes of Horace, written between about 30 and 13 b.c. 17 short poems make up the Epodes, which were modeled off of the poems of Archilochus. Topics include war (i...

  • Marc

    I read a Dutch edition. The Epodes were less fresh than Satires and a bit more difficult. The Odes I liked more....

  • Heidi'sbooks

    I read 22 selections of Horace's Odes from this book to discuss with my online bookclub....

  • Jesse

    Horace was the Pindar of the Augustan Age and perhaps willingly, but he sort of had to be if he wanted to compose poetry, and so like Shostakovich, what appears as celebration ("The Centennial Hymn") ...

  • Francis Thompson

    First time I have ever read Horace. I was absolutely riveted all the way through! And I grew up despising poetry of any kind. Long may Horace be read....