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Horace at OLLI, Fall 2020


Horace Facts for Kids 


Quintus Horatius Flaccus


8 December, 65 bce- 27 November, 8 bce 



Horace is the third of the poetic triumvirate of the Golden Age of Roman Literature, along with Vergil and Ovid. He authored four main collections: two books of Satires, a book of Epodes, four books of Odes, and two of Epistles. There are two stand alone works, the Carmen Saeculare (the Hymn for the Age) and the Ars Poetica.


In this workshop we will read through his work starting with the earliest written and following more or less chronologically. Since I don’t know what your response (and frankly, my response) will be to each work,  the corpus is not neatly parceled out, but each session’s “assignment” will be agreed upon and posted as soon as we finish the previous.


There are many legitimate translations of Horace’s works, and we will address them in our first session. There is also a set of contemporary renditions by the indefatigable A.S. Kline available for free on-line (see below). I have not been able to find the complete works in one volume in anything like modern English. If you want to dive in and order a text, we will start with the Satires (in Latin Sermones), move on to the Epodes, then the Odes and finally the Epistles.You best bet to buy right now are the Oxford World's Classics editions (Satires and Epistles in one volume, Odes and Epodes in the other.)


Each session’s work will be posted below with the latest at the top of the list. If you have questions or concerns not addressed when were were together, please feel free to contact me at rudedonatus@gmail.com, 631-246-5364 (leave a message if I don’t pick-up).


All Horace's work is found here in translation by A.S. Kline 



Life of Horace: https://poets.org/poet/horace

Suetonius's Life of Horace (what we have) :https://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Suetonius/de_Poetis/Horace*.html

Horace by Michael Grant  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Horace-Roman-poet



Archilochus: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Archilochus-Greek-author 

Callimachus: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Callimachus-Greek-poet-and-scholar

Catullus: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Catullus

Vergil: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Virgil


Horace background discussion


Roman Satire





Simpl(istic?) contrast between Roman Stoicism and Epicureanism



Workshop notes


November 9 : Book 3: 1-10, esp. 1,2,3,4,6


3.10 http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/temporary-achilles/



November 2

Odes, Book 2

We will pay special attention to the pairs. You might want to pick a pair or two and track the differences between the two approaches:

4-5 lighter poems

8-9 erotic subjects

13-14 death and the underworld

14-15 advice against luxury

19-20 imaginative fantasy about immortals


Eheu fugaces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wws_WpBG1o

Eheu fugaces techno https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWWwsZC-x6s





October 26

Finish Odes, Book 1. Pay esp. attention to 22, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38

Concerning our discussion of the index librorum, Catholics were not alone in censoring material.  Here is a question and answer about Horace's availability at Harvard, a decidedly not Catholic institution:

 (a) Question: where on the Harvard campus can you read these lines of Horace (from Odes 1.13):

                                                            felices ter et amplius
                                             quos inrupta tenet copula nec malis
                                                            divulsus querimoniis
                                             suprema citius solvet amor die
                                                            ("happy three times and more
                                             those held by an unbroken bond, whose love
                                                            sundered by no bitter strife 
                                             will not release them before life's last day")? 

               (b) From the preface to an edition of Horace published for Harvard undergraduates in 1806:

               "This edition of Horace was undertaken for the use of students at Harvard University.  The consideration of the pernicious tendency, in a moral view, which certain obscene expressions and allusions of this otherwise excellent author might have, induced the governors of the University to procure the publication of this expurgated edition, as a substitute for that, hitherto used, which is entire.  An expurgated edition, printed at London 1784, ... in which every indecent passage appears to have been carefully suppressed, has been taken for its model. ... The punctuation also is on a plan, somewhat different from that, generally received; the colon being altogether neglected.  The reasons for this departure from the common method of pointing [i.e., punctuating] were, that the use of the colon is very unsettled and irregular, and that the other three points are sufficient, it is apprehended, to answer every purpose of correct punctuation." [The authors of this preface seem to have been as fond of the comma as they were hostile to the colon, and also to have been as worried about improper punctuation as they were about loose morals.]






diver's tomb: http://www.paestum.org.uk/museum/classical/





October 19

Odes, Book 1: 1-14 (some of the most renowned of Horace's work)

Odes, Book 1.doc

Horace and the Construction of the English Victorian Gentleman.doc




An article about translating Horace. https://www.harvardreview.org/content/getting-horace-across/


What slim youngster soaked in perfumes

Is hugging you now, Pyrrha on a bed of roses

Deep in your lovely cave? For whom

Are you tying up your blonde hair?


You’re so elegant and simple.

               --David West, 1997


Who's the slip of a boy in a large wreath of rose

Drenched with liquid pomade pressing you, Pyrrha, so

     Under welcoming arbor?

     For whom braid you that auburn hair


Unobstrusively chic?

               --Guy Lee, 1998


Pyrrha, what slender youngster, soaked with perfume, holds you in his arms, lying on a heap of roses in a delightful grotto? For whom are you tying up your flaxen hair, so simple, so elegant?

               --Niall Rudd, 2004


What slender boy has you bedded on roses

And, oiled and scented, urges you on

In some pleasant cave. Pyrrha?

For whom do you tie back your blonde hair?


Voguishly simple.

               --Stanley Lombardo, 2018


So who’s that pretty boy, soaked in cologne,
grinding against you in the rose bushes
near that pleasant grotto, Pyrrha?
Is it for him that you do up your blonde hair,
stylishly simple?

               --M Beck


What well-heeled knuckle-head, straight from the unisex
Hairstylist and bathed in “Russian Leather,”
Dallies with you these late summer days, Pyrrha,
In your expensive sublet? For whom do you
Slip into something simple by, say, Gucci?

               -- Anthony Hecht 


1.5 quis multa gracilis choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_oyvIfaUcQ


1.9 Vides alta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITIF55d9VMk


1.9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwaQQc0PQSY



1.11Carpe diem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzrQuSwlEIk


1.11 Ad Leuconoen, choir and orch; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNRC0tsLWYY



October 12

Epodes 11-17


October 5

Epodes 1-10





September 28

Satires, Book 2 (there are 8)

All book 2 on one page http://www.authorama.com/works-of-horace-7.html


September 21

Satire 1.1.doc



September 14

Horatian Sententiae.doc

Read Satires, Book 1--pay attention to the change of tone or even direction as you go through each satire.  Can we uncover a definition of "satire" from these 10 examples?


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