A stroll with Lucilius: Horace, Satires 1.9 reconsidered

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Abstract

This article argues that the "bore" who pursues Horace in Satires 1.9 should be read as Lucilius, the inventor of Roman verse Satire. This reconsideration of the interlocutor allows certain previously puzzling aspects of the poem, in particular Horace's failure to escape from his companion, to be understood in programmatic terms. The poem literally enacts the complex and timeless dance between successor and model: as long as he is writing satire, Horace cannot be free of Lucilius' presence, and yet to succeed as a satirist he must struggle for a certain measure of independence from his predecessor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-455
Number of pages27
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Volume132
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies

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