Horace: Revision, Ridicule, and Censorship

Sean Alexander Gurd

in Work in Progress

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837519
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919505 | DOI:

Series: American Philological Association American Classical Studies Series

Horace: Revision, Ridicule, and Censorship

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This chapter argues that Horace's discussion of revision is satirical and derives mirth from the speakers who insist on it, and then, more seriously, that in Augustan Rome there were real reasons for poets to feel that revising was a shameful process akin to censorship. Horace thus seems both to mock the speakers who talk about revision and to offer a profound social diagnosis of its characteristic pathos.

Keywords: Horace; revision; shame; censorship; canon formation; satire

Chapter.  12809 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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