This Day in Ancient History - December 8:
On this day in 68 B.C. the Roman poet Horace was born. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (known as Horace) was a Roman poet (December 8, 65 - November 27, 8 B.C.) who provides autobiographical information in his poetry, from which we learn that he was the son of a freedman coactor argentarius 'auction broker' and publicanus 'tax collector'. Another source for his life is Suetonius who calls Horace a native of Venusium. He adds that Horace was short and fat, liked lascivious pictures, and spent most of his time in retirement on his farm.