The Sixteen Satires
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Sixteen Satires by Juvenal
Book DescriptionPerhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55-138) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer energy of everyday Roman life. In "The Sixteen Satires", he evokes a fascinating world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. A member of the traditional land-owning class that was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of outsiders, Juvenal also creates savage portraits of decadent aristocrats - male and female - seeking excitement among the lower orders of actors and gladiators, and of the jumped-up sons of newly-rich former slaves. Constantly comparing the corruption of his own generation with its stern and upright forebears, Juvenal's powers of irony and invective make his work a stunningly satirical and bitter denunciation of the degeneracy of Roman society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140447040
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Juvenal
Juvenal, Paperback (May 2014)
The first commentary to adopt an integrated approach to Satire 6 by drawing together a multiplicity of different perspectives.
Fourteen Satires of Juvenal, Paperback (August 2013)
First published in 1932, as the sixth edition of an 1898 original, this is a collection of some of Juvenal's satires.
Juvenal and Persius, Hardback (October 2004)» View all books by Juvenal
Bite and wit characterize two seminal and stellar authors in the history of satirical writing, Persius (34 62 CE) and Juvenal (writing about sixty years later). The latter especially had a lasting influence on English writers of the Renaissance and succeeding centuries.
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Author Biography - Juvenal
Little is known about Juvenal's life (A.D. 55 - 140) except that his satirical sketches caused much controversy and resulted in him being exiled from his home country for a period of years. Peter Green was Director of Studies in Classics at Cambridge and then worked for a number of years as a freelance writer, translator and journalist. In 1963 he emigrated to Greece and lectured in Greek history and literature at Athens from 1966 to 1971. He is now Dougherty Centennial Professor of Classics at University of Texas, Austin.
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