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The translation is remarkable. It is both powerful and elegant. Muscular and refined. There is an excellent introduction, which states that the translation is faithful to the original. This translation leaves others in the dust. My appreciation of Horace has totally changed. Also, the reading is perfect. His voice gives the poems the majesty they deserve.
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This is the most perfect translation of Horace imaginable (so good W.H. Auden did not dare try to top it) and it is read beautifully -- NEARLY perfectly. I am a new, raving fan of Charlton Griffin (having just finished his reading of Ovid) and adore his reading here too. One tiny flaw: Griffin seems to miss some of the incredibly subtle rhythms and rhymes that Michie miraculously creates. But absolute perfection is far too much to expect of any reader and Griffin is awfully darn close to achieving miracles himself. A solid 5-star performance well worth listening to again and again.
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