Horace: Satires and Epistles

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The articles included in this volume represent some of the finest writing on Horace's satires (Sermones) and epistles (Epistulae) over the past fifty years. Several have previously only been accessible in specialist journals, while five appear here for the first time in English translation. All are remarkable for the way in which they do their work at multiple levels, moving from the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax to issues of genre, socio-politics, and beyond. Collectively, these articles underscore and exemplify the value of close reading, and of paying strict attention to detail. Starting with the specifics of the poetic page, they lead us into the various complex and overlapping discursive systems that Horace's poems both arise from and seek to address. A specially written Introduction surveys recent scholarship, and the specific impact of each article included.
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Kirk Freudenburg is Professor of Latin in the Department of Classics at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Satires and Letters of Horace in Recent Scholarship, Kirk Freudenburg
I. Horace's Sermones
1. Horace's Liber Sermonum: The Structure of Ambiguity, James Zetzel
2. Horace and Maecenas: The Propaganda Value of Sermones I, I. M. Le M. DuQuesnay
3. Horatian Sermo and Genres of Literature, Mario Labate
4. The Epicurean Parasite: Horace, Satires 1.1-3, William Turpin
5. Libertino Patre Natus: True or False?, Gordon Williams
6. Horace, Satires 1.5: An Inconsequential Journey, Emily Gowers
7. Be Alert (Your Country Needs Lerts): Horace, Satires 1.9, John Henderson
8. Horace, Lucilius, and Callimachean Polemic, Ruth Scodel
9. Ultra Legem: Law and Literature in Horace, Satires II.1, Jeffrey Tatum
II. Horace's Epistles, Book One
10. The Poetry of Ethics: Horace Epistles I, Colin MacCleod
11. Poetry, Philosophy and Letter-Writing in Horace Epistles 1, Stephen J. Harrison
12. Horace and Aristippus: the Epistles and the Art of Conuiuere, Alfonso Traina
13. Poetry, Philosophy, Politics and Play: Epistles I, John Moles
III. Horace's Epistles, Book Two and the Ars Poetica
14. Horace's Letter to Augustus, Friedrich Klingner
15. Una cum Scriptore Meo: Poetry, Principate and the Traditions of Literary History in the Epistle to Augustus, Denis C. Feeney
16. Horace, Augustus, and the Question of the Latin Theater, Antonio La Penna
17. Towards a Reading of Horace's Epistle to Julius Florus (Epist. 2.2), Elio Pasoli
18. Writing to/through Florus: Sampling the Addressee in Horace Epistles 2.2, Kirk Freudenburg
19. The Art of Self-Fashioning in the Ars Poetica, Ellen Oliensis

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