Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wine and Song
Lighten all your woes with wine and song,22 those sweet assuagers of horrid despair.Eduard Fraenkel, Horace (1957; rpt. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), p. 65, called the 13th Epode "a perfect poem."
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.