The Odes

Horace (65 BC–8 BC), translated by Kline, A.S., (contact-email)

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Horace’s Odes (Carmina) is a collection of lyric poems organised into four books, comprising 103 poems in total. Written in various classical metres, the work explores themes such as love, friendship, wine, nature, and the Roman state. The poetry is noted for its stylistic craftsmanship, use of metaphor, and allusion to Greek and Roman mythological figures. Horace’s Odes are considered a pinnacle of Roman lyric poetry, influencing later Western literature. Horace wrote these works during a period when he was a participant in a circle of literary contemporaries including Virgil and Maecenas.

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Kline, A.S.,

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