Virgil: The Eclogues
Horace: The Epistles

Horace: Satires

Fedor_Bronnikov_014The Satires (Latin: Sermones) of Horace, are a series of poems written in the 30s BCE, collected in two books. They were Horace's first published work, and by the time the second volume appeared, he had been introduced by his friend Virgil into the literary circle around Augustus' advisor Maecenas.

Roman satire was an original Latin genre with no direct Greek precedent, and Horace's work represents the oldest fully extant example.

The Satires at online book stores
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Free online texts
Bilingual texts
Loebulus: L194 - Horace - Satires. Epistles. Ars Poetica. Public domain Loeb edition. PDF format.
English translations
Gutenberg: The Satires, Epistles & Art of Poetry of Horace, translated by John Conington. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats.
Internet Archive: The Satires of Horace in Rhythmic Prose, translated by R. M. Millington. EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.
Perseus: The Works of Horace, translated into English Prose by C. Smart. HTML and XML formats.
Poetry in Translation: The Satires, Epistles and Ars Poetica, translated by A.S. Kline (2003-05). Multiple formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The Works of Horace, translated into English Prose by C. Smart. EPUB, MOBI and HTML formats.
Wikisource: The Satires, Epistles & Art of Poetry of Horace, translated by John Conington. HTML and other formats.
Latin texts
Bibliotheca Augustana: Sermonum Libri II. HTML format.
Gutenberg: The Works of Horace. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats.
Intratext: Sermones. HTML format.
Latin Library: Sermones. HTML format.
Perseus: Satyrarum Libri. HTML and XML formats.
Wikisource: Sermones. HTML and other formats.

Other Resources
Literature and History: Episode 50 - Our Brutal Age | Episode 51 - Horace and Augustan Poetry. Podcast and transcript by Doug Metzger.
Wikipedia: Horace - Satires (Horace)

Further reading
Bloom's Western Canon: The Satires are listed.
Homer: The Odyssey - The fifth satire of book two elaborates on Ulysses' experience in the underworld from the eleventh book of the Odyssey.
Lucilius: Satires  - acknowledged as the founder of the genre, but now extent only in fragments.
Virgil: Eclogues - Horace alludes to this work in the tenth satire of book one.
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things - a significant stylistic and philosophical influence.
Persius: Satires
Juvenal: Satires
Alexander Pope: Imitations of Horace
Latin resources: Learn to read Latin texts in the original.


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