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Quintus Horatius Flaccus, or Horace, was a son of a former slave and was raised by Brutus and Cassius in the country of Greece. He spent his life writing poems. Augustus Caesar sent word to Horace and asked him, in 17 BC, to write a poem to celebrate his reign. The poem was to be read at an event called the Saecular Games.


December 8 65BC- Horace is Born8 BC-Horace Died

Horace wrote about the beauties of the countryside, and one line he wrote is, "That corner of the land beyond all others for me smiles, where heaven sends warm mists and a slow spring."In 37 BC, Horace achieved independance, which gave him time to write. Maecenas provided him with a country estate, and was given 1 overseer, 5 farmers, and 8 slaves.Horace's poetry explored, commented on everday situations, feelings, and emotions, usually in an "easygoing" or "humorous" way.

Horace wrote the Odes, and one of the poems in the Odes is the following:"Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own; He who, secure within, can say:Tomorrow do your worst, for I have lived today. Be fair, or foul, or rain, or shine, the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.Not Heaven itself upon the past has power; but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour."

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After the poet Virgil died, Augustus offered Horace the privilege to be his private secretary, but he did not accept the offer.Some of Horace's famous quotes are listed below:"A picture is a poem without words""The pen is the tongue of the mind""Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment"

HoraceAKA: Quintus Horatius Flaccus

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