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Life & Literature in Rome: Horace

Thursdays 10am, 1 hr, meets 4 times, £44 (age 13-18)

  • Starts 6 Jun
  • 44 British pounds
  • Zoom class

Available spots

Service Description

Horace was an outstanding poet during the early Roman principate, the 'Golden Age' of Latin Literature. His good nature and humour shine through his poetry, and through his Odes, Epodes, Satires and Letters he provides us with a fascinating insight into his life, and into Rome at the time. Rome had just emerged from years of civil war into a time of peace and prosperity, and Horace himself had risen from the son of a freed slave in the Italian countryside to a favoured poet of Augustus, via education in Rome and Athens, fighting on the side of Brutus and Cassius during the civil war. We will explore what we can know of his life, and what we can learn from this about the changing times in Italy; the influences on his poetry from Greek and other Roman poets; his relationship with Augustus' advisor Maecenas and what this can tell us about Rome at the time. We will also explore Horace's interest in Epicurean philosophy, its background, and its context. We will explore how literature changed at this time, comparing it to the earlier literature of the Roman Republic; why this period was known as the Golden Age for Latin Literature, and what it tells us about the time in which it was written.

Cancellation Policy

We will do our utmost to ensure every booked class takes place. However, we strongly believe in the value of conversation between thinkers. Thus, we will not run a class with less than the minimum number of students. If we do not have a full group 24 hours before the class is set to start we will, sadly, cancel the session, refund all participants, and seek to run the class at a different time. Our full booking and cancellation policy can be found in our Terms and Services.

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