- 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
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Odes and Epodes (Loeb Classical Library) Hardcover – 22 Jun 2004
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Niall Rudd is Professor Emeritus, Department of Latin, Bristol University.
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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.
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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