Chapter Fifteen. Return to Sender: Horace's sermo from the Epistles to the Satires*

  1. Gregson Davis
  1. Andrea Cucchiarelli Associate Professor

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch15

A Companion to Horace

A Companion to Horace

How to Cite

Cucchiarelli, A. (2010) Return to Sender: Horace's sermo from the Epistles to the Satires*, in A Companion to Horace (ed G. Davis), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405155403

Online ISBN: 9781444319187



  • Return To Sender - Horace's sermo from Epistles to the Satires*;
  • Greek noun epistolē - finding its way into Latin (epistula) at an early date;
  • Horace - possessing distinct editorial sensibility - in arranging his poems in book form;
  • Maecenas–Lollius, in reverse order, Lollius–Maecenas forming“double frame” of liber;
  • principle of disposition - recognized in identity of Horace's recipients;
  • image of young Lollius, caught up in dazzling social and literary diversions of Rome;
  • first book of the Odes - ending with Persicos odi, puer, apparatus;
  • Epistles, figure of Aristius Fuscus - evoking the memory of last two satires of Book I;
  • “Interval” on Thirteenth Epistle - Vinnius Asina, and Augustus;
  • “Personal” revelations - Horace's sermo from Satires to the Epistles


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The frame and beyond: Lollius, Celsus, and Albius

  • In the middle: the boundary of ten, Maecenas and Aristius Fuscus

  • “Interval” on the Thirteenth Epistle, Vinnius Asina, and Augustus

  • Inside the frame II : Lollius and Maecenas (in reverse order)

  • “Personal” revelations: Horace's sermo from the Satires to the Epistles

  • Farewell