Category Archives: Horace

Poetry Must Delight AND Instruct

Horace believes that the best poetry simultaneously delights and instructs, proving to be practical and entertaining simultaneously.

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Dreaming of a Saturnalian Golden Age

Wednesday – New Year’s Day Reader Letitia Grimes sent me a poem by Horace so seasonally appropriate that I’m turning my New Year’s post over to her. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a time of merrymaking that has inspired our New Year rituals. At the same time that we celebrate the return of the sun, we […]

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