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.
Kirk Freudenburg is Professor of Latin in the Department of Classics at Yale University.
Introduction: The Satires and Letters of Horace in Recent Scholarship ; I. HORACE'S SERMONES ; 1. Horace's Liber Sermonum: The Structure of Ambiguity ; 2. Horace and Maecenas: The Propaganda Value of Sermones I ; 3. Horatian Sermo and Genres of Literature ; 4. The Epicurean Parasite: Horace, Satires 1.1-3 ; 5. Libertino Patre Natus: True or False? ; 6. Horace, Satires 1.5: An Inconsequential Journey ; 7. Be Alert (Your Country Needs Lerts): Horace, Satires 1.9 ; 8. Horace, Lucilius, and Callimachean Polemic ; 9. Ultra Legem: Law and Literature in Horace, Satires II.1 ; II. HORACE'S EPISTLES, BOOK ONE ; 10. The Poetry of Ethics: Horace Epistles I ; 11. Poetry, Philosophy and Letter-Writing in Horace Epistles 1 ; 12. Horace and Aristippus: the Epistles and the Art of Conuiuere ; 13. Poetry, Philosophy, Politics and Play: Epistles I ; III. HORACE'S EPISTLES, BOOK TWO AND THE ARS POETICA ; 14. Horace's Letter to Augustus ; 15. Una cum Scriptore Meo: Poetry, Principate and the Traditions of Literary History in the Epistle to Augustus ; 16. Horace, Augustus, and the Question of the Latin Theater ; 17. Towards a Reading of Horace's Epistle to Julius Florus (Epist. 2.2) ; 18. Writing to/through Florus: Sampling the Addressee in Horace Epistles 2.2 ; 19. The Art of Self-Fashioning in the Ars Poetica