Chapter Sixteen. The Epistles

  1. Gregson Davis
  1. W. R. Johnson

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch16

A Companion to Horace

A Companion to Horace

How to Cite

Johnson, W. R. (2010) The Epistles, in A Companion to Horace (ed G. Davis), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319187.ch16

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405155403

Online ISBN: 9781444319187



  • The Epistles;
  • Epistles I - “about” change, uneasy transformation of identity, from meditations on life;
  • Horace making himself unpopular - with Poetry World's denizens, for his contempt for poetry recitations;
  • author of the Satires - fame and enthusiastic acceptance, lyric volumes met with unwonted mixed reviews;
  • Horace, not departing from the core poetic identity - turning philosophical rumination into poetry;
  • reworking of Lucretian irony;
  • Maecenas furnishing Horace with real freedom - sponsoring him in Poetry World, and giving him the Sabine Farm;
  • Horace's complex discontents - Augustus in final stage of his poetic career, that Epistles 1 ushers in