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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Notes and Cultural Background
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