The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature (volume 14); A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary…

Paperback | January 16, 2012

byJohn Clark Ridpath

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HORACE (quintus Horatius Flaccus), a Roman poet, born at Venusia, about two hundred miles southwest of Rome, in 65 B.C.; died at Rome in 8 B.C. His father was a freedman, who appears to have been a servus publiciis, or bondman of the community, who took his distinctive name from the Horatian tribe to which the community belonged. After his manumission he was made a coactor, a term designating a collector of the revenue and an auctioneer at public sales. The elder Horace appears to have exercised both these functions, and acquired a moderate competency, including a small farm, upon which his son was born. When the boy was about twelve his father took him to Rome, his means being sufficient to give him the education of a gentleman. It does not appear that either father or son ever revisited their former home. Of this slave-born father, Horace, as will be seen, speaks in terms of the highest admiration and veneration. At about eighteen Horace was sent by his father to Athens to complete his education. For some four years he devoted himself to the study of philosophy. After the assassination of Julius Caesar (44 B.C.), Brutus arrived at Athens on his way to the Eastern provinces, to the command of which he had been assigned, in conjunction with Cassius. Brutus remained some time at Athens, ostensibly engaged in philosophical studies, but really recruiting of ficers for his army from the young Romans who were studying there. Among those whom he enlisted was Horace, who was made a military tribune, and placed in command of a legion, at the head of which he took part in the battle of Philippi (42 B.C.). Believing that there was no hope of continuing the struggle, Horace " threw away his shield," and made his way back to Rome. The general amnesty which had been proclaim...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HORACE (quintus Horatius Flaccus), a Roman poet, born at Venusia, about two hundred miles southwest of Rome, in 65 B.C.; died at Rome...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217610455

ISBN - 13:9780217610452

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