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an imperfect but great book
on July 29, 2013
Eyres has written a book with flaws, for sure (he rambles, at times, without one knowing why he quotes what he does), and sometimes he extrapolates and listens in to Horace's conversations, or even guesses what's on his mind. But no matter, he has written a book well worth reading. The first and foremost point is this: why are these guys that lived 2000 years ago important to us today, relevant to our daily lives and to our anxieties? Why did our teachers kill the substance of their writings and turn their relevance to dust? (I studied 7 years of latin and 5 of greek) Eyres hits the nail on the head when he addresses these points: Horace becomes alive in his own context, and relevant to us. Eyres sometimes stretches the point a bit (did Horace really anticipate global warming?), but his broader argument is inmensely topical and contemporary. Wealth and power lead to excess and dissolution, whether the point applies to Roman politicians or to hedge fund managers (or to contemporary Roman politicos...). Read the book, and then go back to Horace and his contemporaries. Fascinating times, theirs and ours.