Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 - 8 BC)
Quintus Horatius Flaccus was a Latin poet, and one of the greatest lyricists of the ancient world. Horace was unrivaled in his time, and his early poems show the influence of the Greeks, but his later verses are complete and fluid Latin scripts.
As he aged, Horace's themes turned from the common poetic trait of personal vilification to more generalized satire, and to literary criticism. He gives a vivid picture of contemporary Roman society, and presents a fine picture of the golden age of Rome under Augustus. His work survived the centuries, and it had immense influence on later European poets.
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Horace embraced literature as a profession, and was so fortunate to find a liberal and lifelong patron in Maecenas.