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The chunk and wit of 2 of antiquity's most sensible satirists are captured right here in a brand new Loeb Classical Library version, a brilliant and energetic translation dealing with the Latin textual content.

Persius (34-62 CE) and Juvenal (writing perhaps 60 years later) have been heirs to the fashion of Latin verse satire built by means of Lucilius and Horace, a convention mined in Susanna Braund's advent and notes. Her notes additionally provide information to the literary and old allusions that pepper Persius's and Juvenal's satirical poems--which have been essentially aimed toward a worldly city viewers. either poets undertake the masks of an offended guy, and sharp feedback of the society within which they dwell is mixed with flashes of sardonic humor of their satires. no matter if concentrating on universal and unusual vices, the foolishness of prayers, the abuse of energy by way of emperors and the Roman elite, the folly and depravity of Roman other halves, or decadence, materialism, and corruption, their tone is usually one in every of righteous indignation.

Juvenal and Persius are seminal in addition to stellar figures within the historical past of satirical writing. Juvenal specially had a long-lasting effect on English writers of the Renaissance and succeeding centuries.

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