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A significant other to Persius and Juvenal breaks new flooring in its in-depth specialise in either authors as "satiric successors"; precise person contributions recommend unique views on their paintings, and supply an in-depth exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives.

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• includes a thorough exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives

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If the whole of this volume can help Juvenal, and Persius too, to find new twenty-first-century readers and if it can help those readers to enjoy the art of satiric verse and to explore the nature of satire and the satiric tradition, it will have fulfilled some of its chief aims. For nearly 2,000 years, on or (sometimes) off, the imperial satirists have entertained readers and challenged them. They, and their later readers, remain challenging and entertaining today. PART I PERSIUS AND JUVENAL TEXTS AND CONTEXTS CHAPTER ONE Satire in the Republic: From Lucilius to Horace Ralph M.

4 – one should keep things short (breuitas, 9), varied, and measured – but ends with a famous, if somewhat confusing, statement (14–17): ridiculum acri fortius et melius magnas plerumque secat res. illi, scripta quibus comoedia prisca uiris est, hoc stabant, hoc sunt imitandi. 32 Persius and Juvenal: Texts and Contexts Humor generally cuts through great matters better and more forcefully than sharpness. Those men who wrote Old Comedy relied on this principle, and in this regard they should be imitated.

This is where the trouble begins: mockery and censure are aggressive postures that invite hostile reaction from targets and their sympathizers, and the lines between literary artifice and reality become quickly and easily blurred. ” In turn, satirists become anxious and paranoid, driven by a commitment to frank speech and justice, but aware that there will always be limits and that transgressing these limits may well backfire on them. Or so they claim – for a different order of problems arises when we consider that satirists have chosen a literary mode that thrives on provocation, and that much, if not all, of their risk-taking serves literary, not veridical, purposes.

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