McNeill's book is a sophisticated and rewarding examination of Horace's self-presentation in his poetry in the light of its social and political contexts... Engagingly written, easy to read and well presented.
(A. D. Morrison Bryn Mawr Classical Review
A fine read.
(Timothy S. Johnson Religious Studies Review
Horace: Image, Identity, and Audience is clearly written and organized, working outward from Horace's entire corpus of poetry to reconstruct the various constraints and pressures that the poet encountered. McNeill shows us something of Horace's artistic trickiness, the ambivalence of many of his statements (addressed as they are to multiple and demanding readers), his frequent use of the 'preemptive defense.' I especially liked McNeill's treatment of intimacy/distance in Horace's relation to Maecenas, and of the complexities of Horace's social position.
(Kenneth J. Reckford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The framework of McNeill's approach is new and useful. Horace: Image, Identity, and Audience is well organized, and argues clearly and attractively. Indeed it is a pleasure to read.
(R. Elaine Fantham, Princeton University)
About the Author
Randall L. B. McNeill is an assistant professor of classics at Lawrence University.