The Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BC) received extensive training in Greek and Roman literature. He learned as a little writer Virgil (70-19 BC) and like him became a favorite of Emperor Augustus (63 BC to 14 AD). His works are considered a model of a perfect "golden" Latinity, the name for the literary epoch of the period from about 60 BC. AD to 40 AD, in which Roman poetry and prose reached the highest perfection in terms of content, language and form (other representatives were Julius Caesar, Cicero and Virgil ).
His nine books have been completely preserved. Wine is a central topic for him, he describes it with enthusiasm. Horace wrote many drinking songs and ponders about his death, through which he has to say goodbye to his wine cellar with wonderful, old wine. He describes the top wines of Rome at the time in connection with the occasion of enjoyment, including the Campanian ones Caecubian from the coast south of Rome to celebrate the "downfall of the monster Cleopatra" (suicide of the Egyptian ruler in 30 BC).
In his opinion the best wine, the Falernian, but he cannot afford it and says: "To spend a festive day with this would be the greatest bliss" . He thinks that wine as a source of poetic enthusiasm is the drink that the poet deserves. The honey wine popular with the Romans Mulsum he recommends before lavish feasts "to flush out the intestines" . The well-known also comes from him Quote "Carpe diem (use the day)". See also under Ancient grape varieties. Ancient wines. Satyricon and drinking culture,