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Horace and Me: The case for re-reading poetry

I wasn't impressed when I read the Roman poet at 21. But now I see his works in a new light

By Charlotte Higgins   October 2020

The writer Harry Eyres begins his 2013 book Horace and Me with a vignette of himself at an airport, putting his possessions through security. Among them is a battered red clothbound hardback containing Latin poems that have, miraculously, survived 2,000 years into the era of jet planes and electronic passport control—all the more remarkable, in some ways, because their author predicted that they would.

Non omnis moriar,” Horace famously wrote in the mid-20s BC: “I will not altogether die.” “Exegi monumentum aere perennius”—“I have built a monument more lasting…

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