Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




To fully appreciate the character and work of a great man, we must first visualize his life environ­ment and contemporary history. Such details may seem tiresome, as indeed they are, but that does not pre­vent them from having a tremendous influence upon such a character and such work. To the reader, dates and facts of history become very boring, so we will endeavor to eliminate them from our study, as much as possible.

In Venusia, a small town of southern Italy, on December 8, 65 B.C. Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born. His parents, like all parents, must have entertained great hopes for the future of this little country child. But in their wildest dreams of fancy, they could scarcely have pictured to themselves the heights to which their son would rise. If the success of some millionaire or prominent statesman or humble origin makes us applaud, so much more should we approve the phenomenal success of Horace, who rose from a rustic village to immortal fame, not by barter or oratory, but by charming the hearts of men with winged words of song.


A Thesis submitted partially to fulfill the requirements for e Degree or Bachelor of Arts