65 BC - 8 BC

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Classical Latin: [ˈkᶣiːn̪t̪ʊs̠ (h)ɔˈraːt̪iʊs̠ ˈfɫ̪akːʊs̠]; 8 December 65 – 27 November 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace (), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian). The rhetorician Quintilian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Satires and Epistles) and caustic iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are amusing yet serious works, friendly in tone, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings".His career coincided with Rome's momentous change from a republic to an empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Horace has received more than 2,030,379 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Horace is the 32nd most popular writer (up from 34th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 31st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Writer.

Horace is most famous for his work as a lyric poet.

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Among writers, Horace ranks 32 out of 5,794Before him are Ovid, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Miguel de Cervantes. After him are Émile Zola, Rumi, Henrik Ibsen, Anne Frank, George Orwell, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Among people born in 65 BC, Horace ranks 1After him are Salome I and Polemon I of Pontus. Among people deceased in 8 BC, Horace ranks 1After him are Gaius Maecenas and Polemon I of Pontus.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Horace ranks 32 out of 4,088Before him are Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Caligula (12), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Pontius Pilate (-12), and Lorenzo de' Medici (1449). After him are Alessandro Volta (1745), Donatello (1386), Niccolò Paganini (1782), Ennio Morricone (1928), Tiberius (-42), and Titian (1488).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Horace ranks 6Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), and Ovid (-43). After him are Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).