Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Known as Horace, 65 B.C.-8 B.C.) was a Roman lyric poet. He lived during the time of Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome. The son of a freed slave, Horace studied Greek and philosophy in Athens before serving in the Roman army under Brutus. He was a friend of Virgil and Maecenas, who bought him a country estate in the Sabine Hills, where he composed poetry extolling the benefits of the simple life.