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Epicurean Ethics in Horace
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Epicurean Ethics in Horace: The Psychology of Satire

Sergio Yona

Abstract

Over the centuries leading up to their composition many genres and authors have emerged as influences on Horace’s Satires, which in turn has led to a wide variety of scholarly interpretations. This study aims to expand the existing dialogue by exploring further the intersection of ancient satire and ethics, focusing on the moral tradition of Epicureanism through the lens of one source in particular: Philodemus of Gadara. An Epicurean philosopher who wrote for a Roman audience and was one of Horace’s contemporaries and neighbors in Italy, offers a range of ethical treatises on subjects includin ... More

Keywords: Horace, Roman satire, Latin poetry, Epicureanism, Philodemus of Gadara, ethics, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786559
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786559.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Yona, author
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Missouri