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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381790630841 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Epistles of Horace (Bilingual Edition), Translated by David Ferry. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 203 pages. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; (2001). When David Ferry's translation of "The Odes of Horace" appeared in 1997, Bernard Knox, writing in The New York Review of Books, called it "a Horace for our times". Now Ferry has translated Horace's two books of "Epistles", in which Horace perfected the conversational verse medium that gives his voice such dazzling immediacy, speaking in these letters with such directness, wit, and urgency to young writers, to friends, to his patron Maecenas, to Emperor Augustus himself. It is the voice of a free man, talking about how to get along in a Roman world full of temptations, opportunities, and contingencies, and how to do so with one's integrity intact. Horace's world, so unlike our own and yet so like it, comes to life in these poems. And there are also the poems, the famous "Art of Poetry" and others, about the tasks and responsibilities of the writer: truth to the demands of one's medium, fearless clear-sighted self-knowledge, and illusion-free, uncynical realism, joyfully recognizing the world for what it is. CONDITION: NEW. Dustjacket shows VERY slight edge and corner shelf wear and VERY faint rubbing (dustjacket is matte black and so shows rub marks very easily, even merely from being shelved between other books). Otherwise unblemished except that there is a black remainder mark (a "dot" drawn with a black marker) on the bottom surface of the closed page edges indicating that the book is unsold surplus inventory (not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with new (albeit "remaindered" stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, where otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The great legacy of Rome's Golden Age, revoiced. The writings of Horace have exerted strong and continuing influence on writers from his day to our own. Sophisticated and intellectual, witty and frank, he speaks to the cultivated and civilized world of today with the same astringent candor and sprightliness that appeared so fresh at the height of Rome's wealthy and glory. The Epistles spans the poet's career as a satirist, critic, and master of lyric poetry, as man of the world, friend of the great, and relentless enemy of the mediocre. Horace is the best antidote in the world for anxiety. His Epistles demonstrate the good-humored freedom of a man who has cheerfully assumed the responsibility for making his own life not so much a 'success' as the occasion for a true enjoyment of virtue and knowledge. Ferry's translation offers the reader a complete and modern Horace. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: In our time of manic publishing, readers want their instructions quickly and simply. Ergo, the shelves are stocked with money-generating self-help and how-to books. While ancient literary authors usually don't stand a chance of finding an audience among such practical readers, Ferry's recent translation of Horace's conversational poetry deserves attention. In this new edition, Horace offers practical advice for living the good life. Can't stand the pangs of daily boredom? "How many/Are busy going elsewhere getting nowhere; But if you have a healthy attitude,/Then what you're seeking to find can always be found/Right where you are..." Worried about career advancement and running with the big dogs? "The cultivation of powerful friends is sweet/To those who haven't tried it; those who've tried it/Regard it with apprehension and with fear." Horace's ancient text is startlingly relevant and entertaining, and Ferry's translation gives it a modern feel. REVIEW: Horace's hexameter verse letters to his patron Maecenas, the Emperor Augustus, and his friends, including the famous "To the Pisos" (Ars Poetica), a classic statement on Roman poetics, are masterpieces of wit and wry wisdom. Latin inflections give Horace a conciseness and rhetorical snap that allow him to be both sententious and light at the same time. Ferry comes well equipped to translate Horace, having produced a version of "The Odes of Horace" as well as "The Eclogues of Virgil". He renders "The Epistles" in fluent iambic pentameter. Because of the uninflected nature of English, his translations are accurate but less concise and rhetorically sharp. Smith Bovie's modern verse translations (1959 and no longer in print) come closer to Horace's tone, while Ferry is closer to the word. Ferry's version provides the Latin on the facing page and includes brief notes to identify names. REVIEW: Best known to English readers as the author of the imposing Odes, Horace began and ended his career with the more personal and metrically less complex Satires and Epistles (the famous "Ars Poetica" among them). Having tackled the Odes (as well as Virgil's Eclogues), Ferry here uses a base of iambic pentameter as an equivalent to Horace's hexameter, and the freeness of the translation gives free reign to Horace's elegance and aphoristic wisdom. The volume offers the Latin text on the facing page. REVIEW: Masterful! Writing of such authority is not translation in the conventional sense, but a reawakening of an ancient voice in the voice of a poet who is sitting, as it were, on the other side of the room. Ferry takes his bearings from the great blank verse poets of the last two hundred years, especially Frost, and while he manages to be faithful to the meaning, substance and shades, of the Latin original, Ferry achieves through his historical, cultural, and linguistic cross-pollination something more important and lasting than mere translation: he brings to life new as well as old possibilities for poetry in America now. The all-but-amazing fact is that this is now the third time that Ferry has performed this feat, his Gilgamesh (1992) and Horace's Odes (1997) being the other and even more remarkable instances. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Reading these versions we feel as if the streets that Horace walked have opened onto our own. Highly recommend for a first-hand perspective of ancient Rome. REVIEW: Though this is not necessarily a book for the idle poetry reader, I loved this completely. If you enjoy reading the work of the ancient poets and writers, this is perfect. 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