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Six poems on the theme of otium (leisure) from the works of Martial, Horace, Catullus and Ovid.


The Stories

The good life   Page 58

Martial, Epigrams V.20

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The pleasures of country life   Page 60

Horace, Epodes II.1-8, 23-28

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Poetry and friendship   Page 62

Catullus, Poem 50

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Catullus invites a friend to dinner   Page 64

Catullus, Poem 13

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A good place to find a girl   Page 66

Ovid, Ars Amatoria I.89-100

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How ordinary people enjoy a festival   Page 68

Ovid, Fasti III.523-40

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