Steele Commager was for many years a professor of classics at Columbia. His works include the still-definitive study The Odes of Horace (1965).


Honest Eggs?

Profile of Horace

by D.R. Shackleton Bailey
In 1741 Sir Robert Walpole, defending himself in Parliament against an impeachment proceeding brought by William Pulteney, concluded with the pious hope, drawn from Horace, that he had been guilty of nothing, and need grow pale at no wrongdoing: “Nil conscire sibi nulli pallescere culpae.” Pulteney leapt at once—but to …