n Akroterion - Horace, the liar persona and the poetry of Dissimulatio : the case of the Epistles 1

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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In this paper I examine Horace's 1 and argue that Horace constructed the main speaker of this collection as a duplicitous 'liar '. Horace's of admits that his past relationship with his patron Maecenas was paramount to slavery and appears determined to restore himself to freedom. Nevertheless, Horace employs various strategies to make us question the sincerity of his 's resolve and to suspect we may be being addressed by a slave dissimulating as a free man. Furthermore, Horace seems to have implicated the as a whole in this pretence; they are poems written to a patron's demand but 'pose' as his personal letters. I argue that Horace created this poetic dynamic, the liar in his false letters, in order to 'unmask' himself and disclose his real view of the nature of his relationship with Maecenas.

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