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SATIRES AND EPISTLES

OF

HORACE.

Selected and Edited, for the use of Schools,

BY

REV. W. J. F. VASHON BAKER, M.A.,

FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
AND ASSISTANT MASTER AT MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE.

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INTRODUCTION.

HORACE is like our Cowper in his charmingly simple egotism : he prattles away about his daily occupations, his likes and dislikes, his virtues and his failings. We know that he was a coward, lazy when not obliged to work, addicted to brown studies, fond of gossip, and at the same time a most affectionate friend and pleasant companion, losing none of his simplicity or independence by the patronage of the great. There is, in fact, no Roman whom we know so intimately as Horace. In these extracts he will introduce himself to you, and will soon be intimate with you. A short sketch of the chief events of his life will suffice here.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born at Venusia in Apulia, in the year 65 B.C. His father was a freedman and a coactor or collector of money from purchasers at the public auctions, and had bought himself a little estate at Venusia. proper appreciation of the value for his son of a really good education : he was not satisfied with the

He had a very

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