Horace was born 65 B.C. and died at the age of 57 in 8 B.C. Philippi, where he was a tribunus in the army of Brutus and fled ingloriously, “relicta non bene parmula,” was fought in 42 B.C; and for his opposition at that time to Octavius Horace was mulcted by the loss of all his possessions. In Epist. 11, ii, 50, the poet speaks of himself as having been “Decisis humilem pennis inopemque paterni et laris et fundi,” and for the time he became a clerk in a quaestor's office. Soon after this, early in 38 B.C. when he was 27, he was introduced by Virgil and Varius to Maecenas, with whom, probably in 38 B.C. he made the “iter ad Brundisium.” His first book of Satires was published in 37, or perhaps in 35, and already (Sat. 1, vi, 67) he speaks of himself as one who dined at Maecenas's table (“tibi convictor”). In the year 33, or about that time, when he was 32, he received the gift of the Sabine farm, perhaps from Macenas or Augustus, towards the latter of whom his tone now becomes first friendly, then enthusiastic. In 31 B.C. came the battle of Actium, when it appears from Epode 1 that he either accompanied, or wished to accompany, Maecenas on board his trireme. From that time onward Maecenas and the poet were on specially friendly and affectionate terms.