(Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

65–8 BC

Horace was one of the greatest of the Latin poets, and his poetry was studied throughout Europe in the middle ages. Like Virgil, he was generously supported and encouraged by Maecenas. Horace's poems and satires were not only excellent in literary terms, but they give great insight into the humanity and philosophy of the Roman civilization in that age. He discusses his own personal experiences, observances, and thoughts as well as describing the daily life of those around him. His works do an excellent job of portraying the spirit of the Augustan age, and most of them have been preserved through the ages.

Key events during the life of Horace:

45 BC
Studied literature and philosophy in Athens.
42 BC
Fought at Philippi on the side of the republicans.
38 BC
Introduced to Maecenas by his friend Virgil.
35 BC
First book of Satires is published.
29 BC
Second book of Satires is published.
24 BC
Three books of Odes are written.
20 BC
First book of Epistles.
13 BC
Fourth book of odes, more hymns and epistles, and the famous Ars Poetica  are published.

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Maecenas and His Friends  in  Pictures from Roman Life and Story  by  Alfred J. Church
Day with Horace  in  Pictures from Roman Life and Story  by  Alfred J. Church
Horace in  Back Matter  by  books/horne/artists/_back.html
Augustus and the Augustan Age  in  Old World Hero Stories  by  Eva March Tappan

Image Links

Virgil reading at the house of Maecenas, Jalabert
 in Famous Men of Rome

The Augustan Age
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

Famous Roman Writers
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

Short Biography
Maecenas Advisor and ambassador of Augustus. Patron of art and literature.
Virgil Great epic poet of the Augustan age. Wrote The Aeneid.
Livy Roman historian. Wrote History of Rome from its Founding.
Augustus Caesar First emperor. Reigned for over fifty years. Established the Imperial system.