The authority in the title of this issue does not just refer to those authorities that dominate literary history. Rather, it refers to the ones that held sway over classrooms where education in Latin was the norm. Sometimes, these are the same ones we know from literary history. Sometimes, they are not, because changing norms and ideals have obscured their role. In this issue, three articles look at literature and authority from the vantage point of what was read in school.