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Title:The psychology of satire: Epicurean ethics in Horace's Sermones
Author(s):Yona, Sergio
Director of Research:Augoustakis, Antonios
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Traill, Ariana
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Augoustakis, Antony; Sanders, Kirk R.; Freudenburg, Kirk
Department / Program:Classics
Discipline:Classical Philology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Roman Satire
Hellenistic philosophy
Philodemus of Gadara
Epicurean ethics
Latin poetry
Abstract:This study examines the role of Greek philosophy, specifically the ethical doctrines of the Epicurean sect, in Horace’s satiric poetry. It endeavors to highlight the important influence of one of Horace’s contemporaries and neighbor in Italy, the Epicurean philosopher and poet Philodemus of Gadara. This is done through considerations of Horace’s self-portrayal as a qualified moralist who meets Epicurean standards and employs their tools of investigation and correction. A large portion of the study is dedicated to the manner in which he incorporates Epicurean economic and social teachings as communicated and preserved by Philodemus, and to explaining the significance of this for his literary persona in the Sermones.
Issue Date:2015-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Sergio Yona
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-21
Date Deposited:2014-12

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