Perhaps no classical writer has been so consistently in vogue as Horace. Famous in his own lifetime as a close acolyte of the Emperor Octavian, to whom he wrote eulogizing odes, Quintus Horatius Flaccus 65 - 8 BC has never really been out of fashion. Petrarch, for example, modelled his letters on Horace's innovative Epistles, while also borrowing from his Roman forebear in composing his own Italian sonnets. The echo of Horace's voice can be found in almost every genre of medieval literature. And in later periods, this influence and popularity if anything increased. Yet, as Paul Allen Miller shows, while Horace may justifiably be called the poet for all seasons he is also in the end an enigma. His elusive, ironic contradictoriness is perhaps the true secret of his success. A cultured man of letters, he fought on the losing side of the Battle of Philippi 42 BC. A staunch Republican, he ended up eagerly some said too eagerly promoting the cause of Julio-Claudian imperialism. Viewed as the acme of Roman literary civilization, he was shaped by his Athens education at Plato's famous Academy. This new introduction reveals Horace in all his paradoxical genius and complexity.