The Complete Odes and Epodes

The Complete Odes and Epodes

with the Centennial Hymn

Written by:
Introduction by:
Translated by: W. G. Shepherd

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444223
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Horace (65-8 bc) was one of the greatest poets of the Golden or Augustan age of Latin literature, a master of precision and irony who brilliantly transformed early Greek iambic and lyric poetry into sophisticated Latin verse of outstanding beauty. Offering allusive and exquisitely crafted insights into the brief joys of the present and the uncertain nature of the future, his Odes and Epodes explore such diverse themes as the virtues of pastoral life, the joys of wine, friendship and love, and the poet’s personal anguish following Brutus’ defeat at the battle of Phillipi. Ranging from subtle and tender hymns to the gods to bawdy celebrations of human passions, they remain among the most influential of all poems, inspiring poets from the Roman era to the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment and beyond.

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Table of Contents

The Complete Odes and EpodesIntroduction
Select Bibliography
Translator’s Foreword

Odes, Book I
Odes, Book II
Odes, Book III
Centennial Hymn
Odes, Book IV

Appendix: Suetonius, The Life of Horace
Glossary of Proper Names
Index to Poems