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Literature: Poetry

The reading of works by classical poets, such as Homer, Virgil, Sappho, Catullus, and Horace, opens up what it means to be human—to live and die, to win and lose, to love and hate, and to laugh and cry. 

Gaius Valerius Catullus (84 BCE – 54 BCE) was a prominent Latin poet of the late Roman Republic. A contemporary of the statesmen Cicero, Pompey, and Caesar, Catullus was famously known for composing the finest lyric poetry of ancient. . .

The Aeneid was essentially the Roman answer to major Greek epics such as The Iliad. Rife with allusions to Augustus’s own proclaimed bloodline, this poem was carefully constructed by Vergil to be a masterpiece glorifying the nascent Roman empire. With. . .

Horace Today

by Jacob Zimmerman '19

Following the defeat of the republican army at the Battle of Philippi in 42 B.C., a 22-year-old Horace moved to Rome.  Foregoing his rank as an officer, Horace sought amnesty and made this move to Rome in search of recognition through writing. . .