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A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

Edited by: Susanna Braund and Josiah Osgood
eISBN: 9781405199650
Print publication date: 2012

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405199650.2012.x

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A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

Satire, written in the verse of heroic epic but focused on the evils of contemporary society, was ancient Rome's original contribution to world literature. Two great practitioners of this art, Persius and Juvenal, wrote under the early emperors. Inspired by their Republican predecessors, both radically reinvented the genre.

The Companion breaks new ground by examining both authors as “satiric successors,” using a model that has been successfully applied to other imperial writers, particularly epic poets, and by giving ample space to the successors of these satirists. Detailed individual contributions in the central section examine topics such as the satirists' techniques of allusion, their relationship to other genres, and their political stance. The opening section orients readers to the lives and times of these authors, the transmission of their texts, ancient scholarship on them, and their sometimes challenging language. The volume concludes with studies of the successors to Persius and Juvenal, including the dramatic revival of the tradition in the Renaissance and in-depth exploration of Persius and Juvenal's afterlives as found in the work of modern poets and translators, in scholarship and school texts, and in the present-day mass media.

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Braund, Susanna and Josiah Osgood (eds). A Companion to Persius and Juvenal. Blackwell Publishing, 2012. Blackwell Reference Online. 18 July 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405199650_9781405199650>

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