The Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BC) received a comprehensive education in Greek and Roman literature. As a small scribe he learned Virgil (70-19 BC) and becomes as this a favorite of Emperor Augustus (63 BC to 14 AD). His works are considered as a pattern of a completed "golden" Latinity, the name for the literary era of the period of about 60 BC. To 40 AD, in which Roman poetry and prose reached their highest content in terms of content and language as well as formally (other representatives were Julius Caesar, Cicero and Virgil ).
His nine books have been completely preserved. The wine takes on a central theme with him, he describes it almost enthusiastically. Horace wrote many drinking songs and muses on his death, by which he must say goodbye to his wine cellar with wonderful, old wine. The then top wines of Rome he describes in connection with the occasion of enjoyment, including the Campanian Caecubian from the coast south of Rome to celebrate the "demise of the monster Cleopatra" (suicide of the Egyptian ruler 30 BC).
In his opinion, the best wine, the Falernian, but he can not afford and says: "To spend a feast day with this, would be the highest blessedness . " He says that wine, as a donor of poetic enthusiasm, is the poet's drink. The honey wine popular with the Romans Mulsum He recommends before lavish binges, "to flush the intestines" . From him comes the well-known Quote "Carpe diem (use the day)". See also below Antique grape varieties. Ancient wines. Satyricon and drinking culture,