No more scurrility!

In a charming poem tinged with darker themes and written in elegant Alcaic metre, Horace reflects on the destructive power of anger, and promises a lovely mother and her even lovelier daughter that he will never return to writing iambics – a metre famed among the Greeks and Romans for personal attacks and lampoons. In the illustration by the Japanese woodblock print designer Utamaro, a lovely mother teaches her even lovelier daughter the art of calligraphy.

Hear Horace’s Latin and follow in English here.