A BEGINNING OF this research and analysis of the literary epistles was made possible by a Leave Fellowship from the Canada Council in 1977-1978, two months of which were spent at the American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Scholar, and by similar visits in 1982 and 1985, with the assistance of the Advisory Research Committee of Queen's University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, respectively. My special thanks are due to Lucilla Marino, the director of the AAR Library, for her many kindnesses. Access in Rome to both that library and that of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut is any classicist's highest good fortune. Opportunities to present my views in seminars and lectures (at the University of Ottawa, Memorial University of Newfoundland, McGill University, The Canadian Academic Centre in Italy and the American Academy in Rome) have also been invaluable. I am most grateful to the Classical Association of Canada, and to those colleagues who made such occasions possible.
I am especially indebted to the two anonymous "Quintilii" who read the manuscript for the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, contributing a mine of detailed suggestions and urgent reproofs. This generous encouragement was much appreciated. Alexandra Beal and Laura Slade laboured patiently and ex-