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Translated by Len Krisak

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ISBN: 978 1 857548 51 8
Categories: Ancient Greek and Roman
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: November 2006
216 x 135 x 18 mm
180 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • I hate the dull, outsider crowd of churls,
    And keep them out. Be reverent - not a word.
    The Muses' priest, I sing for girls
    And boys, songs no one's ever heard.
            from III.1

    Horace (65-8 BC) is the most beguiling of the great Latin poets. He has left an ineradicable mark on Western literature: Dante placed him alongside Homer and Virgil, and his works have been translated and re-imagined since the Renaissance. Len Krisak, an acclaimed poet and translator, provides a close metrical translation of the four books of the Odes and the Centennial Hymn, the first for many years. He translates for the modern reader, combining linguistic precision with an ebullient sense of the possibilities of these inexhaustible works as poems in English. Printed alongside the Latin text, Krisak's translations provide a line-for-line sense of the Latin rhythms, while rendering them in a living English that captures both the wit, tenderness and the occasional irascibility of the great Roman poet.

    Supporting notes clarify allusions and historical and mythological names. Here Horace's world is made luminously accessible to eye and ear.

    Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in English as Horace, was born at Venusia, near the border of Apulia, in 65 B.C. His father, a former slave who had freed himself before the birth of his son, sent him to school in Rome. As a young man Horace went to Athens and ... read more
    Len Krisak
    Len Krisak 's most recent books are the Carmina of Catullus (Carcanet Press), Ovid's Erotic Poems (University of Pennsylvania Press), the Eclogues of Virgil (U. of Penn. Press), Horace's Odes (Carcanet), and Rilke's New Poems, 1907-1908 (Boydell & Brewer), all translations. His own work includes Afterimage (Measure Press, University of Evansville), ... read more
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