- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: BiblioBazaar (February 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426418396
- ISBN-13: 978-1426418396
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Satires, Epistles and Art of Poetry
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"The judge who soils his fingers by a gift
Is scarce the man a doubtful case to sift"
The work of a translator, or course, is to choose words that maintain a poetic meter. Professor Conington has provided a well written translation that is easy to read with a smooth flow of words. To give some samples, there is -
"If what I have contents me, hear my prayer:
Still let me feel thy tutelary care,
And let my sheep, my pastures, this and that,
My all, in fact, (except my brains) be fat.
or a little further along -
"Not bound by mad-cap rules, but free to choose
Big cups or small, each follows his own views:
You toss your wine off boldly, if you please,
Or gently sip, and mellow by degrees."
Horace is credited with being the source of the modern expression, "eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may die."
The overall collection is 138 pages, with some individual works being relatively short. They can be read over time to absorb the thoughts of this Roman philosopher. You will undoubtedly find some more interesting than others. The collection begins with "Qui fit, Maecenas," about accepting one's lot in life, i.e., people always envy others.