The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire

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In laying the groundwork for a fresh and challenging reading of Roman satire, Kirk Freudenburg explores the literary precedents behind the situations and characters created by Horace, one of Rome's earliest and most influential satirists. Critics tend to think that his two books of Satires are but trite sermons of moral reform - which the poems superficially claim to be - and that the reformer speaking to us is the young Horace, a naive Roman imitator of the rustic, self-made Greek philosopher Bion. By examining ...
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In laying the groundwork for a fresh and challenging reading of Roman satire, Kirk Freudenburg explores the literary precedents behind the situations and characters created by Horace, one of Rome's earliest and most influential satirists. Critics tend to think that his two books of Satires are but trite sermons of moral reform - which the poems superficially claim to be - and that the reformer speaking to us is the young Horace, a naive Roman imitator of the rustic, self-made Greek philosopher Bion. By examining Horace's debt to popular comedy and to the conventions of Hellenistic moral literature, however, Freudenburg reveals the sophisticated mask through which the writer distances himself from the speaker in these earthy diatribes - a mask that enables the lofty muse of poetry to walk in satire's mundane world of adulterous lovers and quarrelsome neighbors. After presenting the speaker of the diatribes as a stage character, a version of the haranguing cynic of comedy and mime, Freudenburg explains the theoretical importance of such conventions in satire at large. His analysis includes a reinterpretation of Horace's criticisms of Lucilius, and ends with a theory of satire based on the several images of the satirist presented in Book One, which reveals the true depth of Horace's ethical and philosophical concerns.
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"Admirably clear, stimulating, and accessible to the non-specialist."—Religious Studies Review
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691031668
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/1992
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Horatian Satire and the Conventions of Popular Drama
Introductory Remarks: Ancient Rhetoric and the Persona Theory 3
The Persona of the Diatribe Satires and the Influence of Bion 8
Diatribe in the Age of Horace 16
The Persona and Self-Parody 21
Self-Parody and the Influence of the Comic Stage 27
Comic Self-Definition in Satires 1.4 33
The Comic Persona and His Comic World 39
The Subtlety and Depth of the Comic Analogy 46
Ch. 2 Aristotle and the Iambographic Tradition: The Theoretical Precedents of Horace's Satiric Program
Introduction: The Theory of an Aristotelian Horace 52
Aristotle's Theory of the Liberal Jest 55
Aristotle on Old Comedy and the Iambic Idea 61
The Advocates of the Iambic Idea: Old-Comedy, the Iambos, and Cynic Moralizing 72
Libertas in the Age of Horace 86
Aristotelian Theory in Satires 1.4 92
Horace's Theory of Satire and the Iambographic Tradition 96
Ch. 3 The Satires in the Context of Late Republican Stylistic Theory
Horace's Literary Rivals in Satires 1.1-1.4 109
The Stylist of Satires 1.4: A Most Unusual Horace 119
Simple Diction Artfully Arranged: Some Theoretical Precedents 128
Dionysius's On Word Arrangement and the Stoic Theory of Natural Word Order 132
Philodemus and Lucretius 139
Answering the Extremists: A New Look at Satires 1.4 145
Lucilius and the Atticist Theory of a Rugged Style 150
The Neoterics and Satires 1.10 163
Satires 1.10 and Lucilian Scholarship in the First Century B.C. 173
Ch. 4 Callimachean Aesthetics and the Noble Mime
Morals and Aesthetics in the Satires 185
Images of the Satirist and the Structure of Book 1 198
The Low-Life Satirist and Saturnalian Exposure 211
The Mimus Nobilis 223
Select Bibliography 237
Index Locorum 253
General Index 261
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