Thursday, August 27, 2015


Wine and Song

Horace, Epodes 13.17-18 (Chiron to Achilles; tr. Niall Rudd, with his note):
Lighten all your woes with wine and song,22 those sweet assuagers of horrid despair.

22 In Iliad 9.186ff. Achilles in his tent is found singing to the lyre; he greets his visitors with wine.

omne malum vino cantuque levato,
    deformis aegrimoniae dulcibus alloquiis.
Eduard Fraenkel, Horace (1957; rpt. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), p. 65, called the 13th Epode "a perfect poem."

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