Year/Century: 16th century
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Description: Octave. Optimas Poemata Secundum... Editio haec disputandis. A two-part Guilielmo Xylandro Heidelberg, 1575–1576 title with engraved devices, a few tiny tears, early underlining and annotations, occasional light soiling; Richard Bartelot inscription at front; John Bragge bookplate; all edges red; original blindstamped pigskin over boards; no clasps; spine ends worn; size 4 1/4 by 6 1/2" Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BC), popularly known as Horace in the English-speaking world, was the most prominent Roman lyric poet during Augustus's (sometimes called Octavian's) reign. Quintilian, the rhetorician, thought that Horace's Odes were pretty much the only Latin poetry that was worth reading, saying that "he can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words." Horace also wrote caustic iambic poetry (Epodes) and elegant hexameter verses (Satires and Epistles). "As his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings" is how the ancient satirist Persius described it in reference to the hexameters, which are lighthearted but serious poems with a friendly tone.
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