The Satires of Horace

9780812222098: Paperback
Release Date: 30th January 2012

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 160

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The Satires of Horace

Written by
Horace
,
Translated by
A. M. Juster
,
Introduced by
Susanna Braund

A. M. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.

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The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse.

Horace continues to influence modern lyric poetry, and our greatest poets continue to translate and marvel at his command of formal style, his economy of expression, his variety, and his mature humanism. Horace's comic genius has also had a profound influence on the Western literary tradition through such authors as Swift, Pope, and Boileau, but interest in the Satires has dwindled due to the difficulty of capturing Horace's wit and formality with the techniques of contemporary free verse.

A. M. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.

Translator's Note
Introduction by Susanna Braund

Book I
Satire 1
Satire 2
Satire 3
Satire 4
Satire 5
Satire 6
Satire 7
Satire 8
Satire 9
Satire 10

Book II
Satire 1
Satire 2
Satire 3
Satire 4
Satire 5
Satire 6
Satire 7
Satire 8

Notes
Sources
Acknowledgments

Poet A. M. Juster's books include Longing for Laura, a translation of selected works by Petrarch, The Secret Language of Women: Poems, winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, and a new translation of Tibullus's Elegies. Susanna Braund is Canada Research Professor of Latin Poetry and Its Reception at the University of British Columbia.

"A delight to read—full of fiendishly clever rhymes that the old master of dactylic hexameter himself would have relished."—Anthony Esolen, Providence College

"The best edition available of the 'Satires' in English. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"This translation is highly enjoyable, giving a Latinless reader a vivid impression of these self-conscious poems."—Times Literary Supplement