Odes: With the Latin Text (Modern Library Classics) [Paperback]

By Horace, James Michie (Translator) & Gregson Davis (Introduction by)
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Provides a translation of the odes of Horace who, along with his friend Virgil, was the most celebrated and influential poet in the reign of Emperor Augustus.

Publishers Description
Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace's "Odes," in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the "commonplace notable, even luminous." This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. "For almost forty years," poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, "James Michie's brilliant translations of Horace have remained fresh as well as strong, and responsive to the varying lights and darks of the originals. It is a pleasure to have them newly available."

Item Specifications...

Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 12, 2002
Publisher   Modern Library
ISBN  0375759026  
EAN  9780375759024  

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About this Author/Artist
<b>James Michie</b> was born in 1927 and studied classics at Trinity College, Oxford. His other translations include <i>The Poems of Catullus</i> and <i>Virgil’s Eclogues</i>. His Collected Poems was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.<br><br><b>Gregson Davis</b> is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Duke University and the author of <i>Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse</i>.

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Best available English translation  Nov 16, 2004
Of the various translations of Horace's Odes into English, this is the best I have found. The translations stay close to the literal meaning and sequence of the originals, yet are rendered into English poetry (not a prose crib.) Horace is a frequently complicated, dense poet, so the translations are often rather complicated and dense. A reasonable number of explanatory notes are provided in the back. My main reason for withholding a fifth star is the cheapness of the physical presentation: in order to save space, the poems are run together rather than being presented on separate pages, and the typeface is small.

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