What a lovely metaphor for a carefully crafted landscape, stitched together row by row over centuries.

‘But the vineyards of the Mosel glow like a medieval tapestry; they look as if they have been stitched to the hillside.’

See also the quote-mosaic review of Harry Eyres’ splendid book on the charm and continuing relevance of Horace.

 

Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), p. 34

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