Abstract

Horace’s ethical project in Epistles book 1 weaves the philosophical and the poetic together in a richly constructed tapestry centered on the polytropic ideal formed of links, both subtle and explicit, between the exemplary lives of Ulysses from the world of poetry and Aristippus from the world of philosophy. The flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness of his central exemplars provide a key to decoding many of the ethical dilemmas raised within the poems which make up Epistles 1, including those most central to issues inherent to the Roman social institution of the patron and client relationship.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 227-252
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-16
Open Access
No
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