Horace’s lyrics of friendship offer hope to our troubled world
Contextualising the surprisingly therapeutic value of ancient Roman poetry in today's society. "Friendship stands at the centre of Horace’s poetic world, from the lyric Epodes and Odes to the hexameter Satires, Epistles, and Ars Poetica. The first name he utters in his poetry is that of Maecenas, his patron, but more significantly, his friend. So close are the two in Horace’s pages that he pledges to follow Maecenas even into death: ‘we’re ready/to trek the final journey as companions’ (Odes 2.17). This is, incidentally, a promise Horace kept — an ancient biography records that he died just 59 days after Maecenas." Stephanie McCarter contemplates Horace's work in Psyche magazine.