A Companion to Horace by Gregson Davis

By Gregson Davis

A spouse to Horace contains a selection of commissioned interpretive essays by means of prime students within the box of Latin literature overlaying the total favourite variety of works produced by means of Horace.

  • gains unique essays through a variety of top literary students
  • Exceeds expectancies for a standard guide via that includes essays that problem, instead of simply summarize, traditional perspectives of Homer's paintings and impression
  • Considers Horace’s debt to his Greek predecessors
  • Treats the reception of Horace from modern theoretical views
  • bargains up to date info and illustrations at the archaeological website frequently pointed out as Horace's villa within the Sabine geographical region

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49–53), he had enough left to buy the scriptus quaestorius when he returned. He could have lived the rest of his life in ease in this position, a splendid “job” in both senses of the word, both several ranks higher in the state service than the state’s auctioneers and auction brokers, and far more of a sinecure. The board of scribes to the annually elected quaestors who ran the treasury had the equestrian census, or near it, though the freedmen among them could not wear the ring. Indeed, the office itself cannot have cost less than the equestrian census, because it gave the holder a 4 percent commission on the revenues he registered, and this must have been far more than the 24,000 sesterces the minimum equestrian property could yield at best.

10 This is in the first of his books, published at age 30, and we know something about how he got to this point. His father sent him to Athens, to be educated with “senators’ and knights’ sons” like those he had gone to school with. And like the fashionable Roman boys’ schools, it cost him a lot. Philosophy, studied at Athens, was the culmination of aristocratic educations. Cicero gave his son the income of an entire apartment house he owned to live on during his philosophical studies at Athens, and if Horace had not been able to hold up his head in this sort of society, one of the central events of his life would never have happened.

If we know anything from factual history, however, it is that none of this affected Horace’s and Maecenas’ amicitia, or probably either of their friendships with Augustus. For when Maecenas died in 8 BCE, he left Augustus the instruction, Horati Flacci ut mei memor esto, “remember Horatius Flaccus as if he were myself,” which implies (to say the least) that he had little to complain of in Augustus. 9–12), he left all his property by word of mouth to Augustus. He is the only distinguished Roman we know by name to have left a declaratory will, legal as these were.

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