Yesterday I met and chatted with the incredible Robin Nisbet who is such an authority on Horace. I found it amazing that he could quote Ode numbers, which books they were from and give all the Latin titles I’m in the process of re-working Odes Book I, I’m right in the middle of it and I couldn’t do that! – what a fantastic mine of information he was. Coincidentally a couple of days ago I borrowed ‘A Commentary on Horace Odes, Book I’ by him and Margaret Hubbard, so I was able to tell him how helpful I was finding that commentary as well as gaining his wonderful insight into Horace the man.
Actually I had a really busy day yesterday because I was interviewed by Professor Lorna Hardwick for the Living Poets Section of the archive of the Open University Reception of Classical Texts Research Project which is now starting a new phase of research on the relationship between classical texts and modern poetry in English with grant support from the British Academy.
I look forward to the day when the results of this research are on line. Their website is at
I’m back looking at Ode 1.35 which is really complex, but I’ve managed to get a first draft and am hoping that when Professor Harrison looks at it, it won’t be too far from the mark.