“What was Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect?”
Quintus Horace Flaccus(65 BC – 8 BC) a Roman poet in the Augustan time. Some of his works are Odes, Epodes, Satires, and Epistles. The main theme for most of his works is death, and about how you can’t cheat death, and to live life the fullest, but not too full.
Horace was Stoic, which means “one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain” basically being emotionless, and just accept whatever that comes your way, either you get successful, or not, just accept it.
In one of his popular works, the Odes, it shows that you should find your “Golden Mean” and follow it. Which means living life in the middle, don’t be too successful but don’t be poor, or don’t eat too much but also don’t starve yourself, somewhere along those lines. He says to not make big projects or ideas, cause if it works, then you’ll get wealthy, and with money comes greed and stupidity, but if it doesn’t work, then you’ll be devastated and it’ll be awful.
He also believed that you shouldn’t be wealthy, unless you’re going to do something good with the money, but if you’re just going to save up until you die, then what’s the pleasure in that, and it’ll just be given to your kids/grandkids and they’ll just waste it.
So in conclusion, Horace just promotes the idea about however you do in life, you’re going to die, and just live a peaceful life, don’t overdo. So I think that Horace believes that ethics just didn’t matter, cause even if you do good or bad, you’re going to die and it just doesn’t matter. I know this essay is a bit shorter, but I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.