Armstrong, David. Horace. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989. A general introduction to Horace’s works that covers the developing stages of his life and his relation to his changing society. Chapter 4 on the Epistles, which analyzes important themes in the poems, is especially good. Includes a useful index, notes, and a rewarding bibliography of primary and secondary sources. An excellent source for beginners.
Fraenkel, E. Horace. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1957. An important analysis of the major aspects of Horace’s life and the relationships among his works. Provides an introduction to issues of classical scholarship in the study of Horace.
Harrison, Stephen, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Horace. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Critical overview of Horace’s life and work. Some of the essays discuss Horace and ancient Greek and Hellenistic poetry, Horace and Roman literary history, and Horace and Augustus, while others explore the themes and style of his work. Chapter 9 is devoted to an examination of Epistles.
Hills, Philip D. Horace. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2005. An introductory overview of Horace’s life, times, work, and literary influence. The two parts of Epistles are examined in...
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