Horace: Epistles II

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  • Philippa Bather (University College London)

Horace’s Epistles 2 comprises two poems: the Epistle to Augustus (Epistle 2.1) and the Epistle to Florus (Epistle 2.2). The publication date of Epistles 2 is uncertain; however, historical reference plausibly suggests c.12 B.C. Reference to Horace’s resumption of lyric at Epistles 2.1.111-13 indicates a compositional date for Epistles 2.1 following the completion of his Odes 4 in 13 B.C. This is reinforced by reference to the Lares of Augustus’ imperial household and the Genius of Augustus, which indicates a date no earlier than 12 B.C. (Ep. 2.1.15-16; see Taylor (1931) 134-35). Although placed second in the collection, Epistle 2.2 is dated earlier, …

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Bather, Philippa. "Epistles II". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 March 2012
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