The writer and journalist Harry Eyres brings you an evening of essential life advice from Horace, the ancient poet who coined the phrase ‘carpe diem’. He reveals how Horace can help us navigate our way through life, love and leisure.
The humble son of a freed slave, Horace championed the saving grace of modest pleasures: poetry, leisure and wine. His writing has much to say about how to live now. For him, poetry, therapy and friendship are all related. ‘Happy is she or he who can tell you, “Today I’ve lived”,’ he wrote in a poem to his friend and patron, Maecenas. In Rome Horace became a celebrity, the minstrel of the Roman lyre, somewhere between Bob Dylan and Seamus Heaney. He has influenced writers and thinkers from Voltaire and Thomas Hardy to Boris Johnson.