The Horace's Villa Contents Page

Sponsored by

The Steinmetz Family of Los Angeles

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The Creative Kids Education Foundation

This Web site presents Horace's Villa near Licenza, Italy and our project jointly undertaken there in the period 1997-2001 under the institutional sponsorship of the American Academy in Rome, UCLA, and the Archaeological Superintendency for Lazio of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

The project is made possible by the generous support of the Steinmetz Family of Los Angeles, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Creative Kids Education Foundation, and the Vincenzo Romagnoli Group. During the five years of fieldwork, over 100 volunteers from twelve countries came to Licenza to donate their labor and talents. We are very grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers, without whom our project would never have been possible!

Quintus Horatius Flaccus ("Horace" in English) lived from 65 to 8 B.C. and was Rome's leading poet of lyric and satiric poetry in the Golden Age of Roman literature under the Emperor Augustus. His villa near Licenza, Italy (35 miles northeast of Rome) is the only house of a Roman writer of the Augustan Age that can be identified and visited today. As such, it is a precious part of our heritage and repays study--especially since Horace wrote so much about the place he called "the fulfillment of all my hopes and prayers." For the poems, be sure to visit our Poetry section in the Study Center. To explore the modern archeological site, take a Quicktime VR tour. Children will enjoy reading Marilynne Roach's Two Roman Mice, a retelling of Horace's famous story of the town mouse and the country mouse. Grownups will want to read the article about our project published in the The International Herald Tribune. We hope that students and scholars will find the summary of the results of our excavations to be helpful until our final report is published.

Aimed at lovers of Horace and of Roman archaeology of all ages, you can use this Web site to learn more about Horace's Villa and about our project.

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Last revised: March 1, 2004