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‘Due measure’ and a sweet treat

By Debra Dobbins

“Due measure” means an appropriate or proper amount. Whenever I heap chocolate ice cream into a large bowl, this phrase is definitely the last thing on my mind.

This quote is attributed to Horace. He was Rome’s foremost lyric poet during the time of Augustus, according to Wikipedia.

Lyric poetry conveys the poet’s thoughts and feelings. In Homer’s time, the poem would be sung and accompanied by a musical instrument called a lyre.

Horace, as imagined by Giacomo Di Chirico
Photo of painting courtesy of Wikipedia

 

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