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Horace: A Very Short Introduction [#741]
Horace: A Very Short Introduction [#741]
  • A comprehensive yet accessible and concise introduction to the complex topic of Horace's poetry, designed to be read and understood by a wide readership
  • Contextualises Horace's career in the Greek and Roman literary tradition and within the tumultuous events of his life as civil war gave way to the reign of the first emperor Augustus
  • Explores a topic of historical interest as Horace was a significant figure in Augustan Rome, and his poetry more recently a central feature of European culture

Horace was one of the greatest poets during the reign of Augustus and is seen as a 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).

Product details

ISBN : 9780192849649

Llewelyn Morgan
144 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Nov 2023
Very Short Introductions
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Horace: A Very Short Introduction [#741]

Horace: A Very Short Introduction [#741]

Horace: A Very Short Introduction [#741]