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on 26 April 2017
Book in very good condition and delivered quickly. Just what I needed for my Latin studies.
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on 26 April 2017
excellent
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on 5 October 2016
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on 2 January 2002
The problem with this translation for the reader ignorant of the original poems is that W G Shepherd deliberately uses English archaisms. This gives the poems a sense of antiquity but can render them difficult to understand. Whilst the notes illuminate some of the allusions made by Horace, they do not clarify some of the words actually used in the translation. For example, the poem I was most interested in was Epode II, in which Horace presents the idea of pastoral retreat. A key figure in the poem is described as a 'helpmeet', which made me uncertain - is this a 'helpmate' or something subtly different? - my dictionary confirmed that 'helpmeet' is simply an archaic version of 'helpmate'. But elsewhere we find words not in a standard dictionary: 'intercipient' - is this like incipient?; and 'enchaf'd' - as in chafed?. The word 'scar' appears without a footnote to explain what it means in the context - a type of fish? If you want to read archaisms and struggle with the English, it would seem as worthwhile going back to seventeenth or eighteenth century translators of Horace as to use this book.
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on 26 January 2016
Good
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on 2 March 2013
Awesome read, needed if you are studying ancient history, Ive used mine quite a lot. Just a tip for students...always buy used books, not only do some have notes in them which can come in handy but it will also save you lots of money and some books you don't use again after your first year (such as this one)
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on 20 July 2014
A great read
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on 6 May 2013
This is a Roman poet who is a pleasure to read, unlike some others, very entertaining. Recommended for dipping into at any time.
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