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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb (22 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674996097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674996090
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.2 x 16.9 cm
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About the Author

Niall Rudd is Professor Emeritus, Department of Latin, Bristol University.


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Translation itself is a deeply thorny arena, with a huge preponderance of examples of how not to do it outweighing the relatively few cases where the translation process makes a success of the effort. Many attempts to bring Horace into the 21st century have proved abject failures - just try listening to a few wannabes reading Horace out loud on YouTube, for example, where so often it is evident that the first fundamental, being the assimilation of the core rhythms of the metre, has not even entered into the process.
I was delighted with Niall Rudd's honest and direct approach with the Odes and Epodes. He supplies his own title to each poem, a modest liberty which actually works felicitously. Very rarely he engages in minor invention to catch the spirit - for example in II.3.13 "Huc vina et unguenta ..." the "Huc" becomes "This is just the place", which I found delightful in the context despite my usual wariness of any such freedoms.
The introduction is not generous as regards the wider context of Horace's life and outlook - for that a really good recent publication is Harry Eyres' very fine "Horace and Me", which will have a much broader appeal than this. But here you get the full range of the Odes and Epodes, plus the Carmen Saeculare. Rudd is always intelligent, always faithful, always lucid and communicative - really this is exemplary. I recommend it unreservedly.
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Not salacious enough for my Latin taste: I prefer Ovid (esp Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris) as did Shakepseare, I believe, and Martial as did Byron but not his mother. But undeniably great, especially his use of meters no longer used, meters which make his verse easy enough to memorize that FErmor and the German general they captiured on Crete (?) knew the Horace, Vides ut alta stet nive candidum, I.9:

You see how high piled the white mountain
stands snowed in; no longer even trying,
branches yield their burdens, icy
rivers harden, freezing wicked.
Burn up this freeze, these logs above the fire
piled high; and yet more liberally, my friend,
uncork that fine provincial wine
I've saved for four years bottled.
Leave all else to gods, who once
they still the brawling winds and waves,
maybe then the old cypress
and mountain ash no longer shake.
What's to be tomorrow, just forget it.
Whatever Fate gives you for days,
chalk 'em up for gain, nor spurn
sweet loves and dances, boy,
while ice-white hair neglects to snow,
and roots are green. No go and seek
the park and square and whispers low
below the night, late hide and seek--
Now too, the squealer on the hidden girl,
her pleasing squeal itself, from private nook,
and something snatched from her...say, arm,
or finger, which resists so fiercely.

my trans, 1968
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a latinest 16 Oct. 2015
By enkilm - Published on Amazon.com
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What can you expect but the best from from Horace?Great translation easy to carry and sometimes there is comfort in holding a book instead a tablet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BOWDLERIZED 16 July 2012
By Pamela - Published on Amazon.com
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While Niall Rudd is a renowned classicist, please be aware that this is a translation in which Horace's sometime embrace of homosexual lyric is suppressed. For example, in Book I, Ode 26, Rudd omits the masculine pronoun, which is explicit in the Latin, so that the reader is allowed to assume that Lamia is a woman's name, when, in fact, Horace is writing about a young man.
I decry this Bowdlerization.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ODES AND EPODES 11 Aug. 2014
By John Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS PUBLICATION IN TRANSIT,"ODES AND EPODES", HAVING READ MANY YEARS PAST, WISHED A PERSONAL COPY.
PURCHASE REMINDER STEMS FROM READING SOME THREE OF THE FINEST EDUCATIONAL, MIND CHALLENGING PUBLICATIONS TO DATE. FOR A READER OF ANY AGE UPWARD TO HOLDING A DOCTORATE IN ANY PROFESSION. WILL PROVIDE FROM A GENTLE BREEZE TO A NIAGARA RUSH OF THOUGHTS. "A TIME OF GIFTS", "BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATERS" AND "THE BROKEN ROAD".....ALL AUTHORED BY PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR. IF ONE WOULD ACCEPT THIS HUMBLE WRITERS SUGGESTION, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RUSH THROUGH, RESEARCH EACH UNKNOWN, ENJOY AS FERMOR ASSEMBLAGES WORDS IN SUCH A POWERFUL MIND SEARCHING MANNER, TRAVERSES SUBJECT AND TIME SPANS WITH SUCH EASE, CAUTION AND ALERTNESS REQUIRED. ESSENTIALLY, SO DIVERSE, FERMOR'S PAGES OF TEXT ARE A FOUNDATION FOR MANY HUNDREDS OF SHORT SIDE PATHS TO EACH NEW & REFRESHING VIEW. ONE MUST DIGEST THE COPY, ANY ATTEMPT TO CREATE DEFINITION IS BEYOND THIS WRITER, FEEL IT WOULD BE GREATLY INADEQUATE, ANY "FIRST" READER WILL EXPERIENCE GREATER ENLIGHTENMENT. PUBLICATIONS TO RE-READ THROUGH LIFE.
THE THREE PUBLICATIONS LISTED WERE GIFTS FROM A DOCTORATE FRIEND. SUPERB GIFTS.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice English Version Accompanying the Latin! 16 Jun. 2013
By Plotinus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
English has its own charms, and I like reading English renderings of my favourite Latin and Greek classics. Horace is amazing. He and Vergil sort of "are" Latin literature. Knowing your Horace and Vergil was what made you an educated Roman back then. It is a very poetic kind of prose that the translator uses for his English version here. It is very nice - it captures the wonder-filled sentiment toward his world of the Latin author well. It is quite exotic and imagination engendering reading. If you want to widen your appreciation for life, this work helps you to do so.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is your best bet because the English translation adheres more closely to ... 28 Mar. 2015
By Marilyn McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you want a translation to assist you in working through the Latin text, this is your best bet because the English translation adheres more closely to the Latin than any other. If you are primarily interested in reading a lively English translation of the Odes, I suggest the volume edited by McClatchy. It features a large number of contemporary poets each translating one of two of the odes.
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