Ronnie Ancona’s pedagogical expertise and scholarly work on Horace have produced a text that is both student- and teacher-friendly as well as informed by the latest in Horatian scholarship. Horace was a talented and innovative literary craftsman whose lyrics reveal an extraordinary facility and playfulness with the Latin language. Ancona’s edition helps students begin to appreciate the nuances of Horace’s poetic art. The revised second edition features an updated bibliography and more visually appealing maps.
Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace’s Odes, in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the “commonplace notable, even luminous.” This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. “For almost forty years,” poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, “James Michie’s brilliant translations of Horace have remained fresh as well as strong, and responsive to the varying lights and darks of the originals. It is a pleasure to have them newly available.”
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