The Sixteen Satiresby Juvenal, Peter Green (Translator)
The Satires of Juvenal capture the splendor, squalor, and sheer vibrant energy of everyday Roman life better than any other work. A member of the traditional landowning class that was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of dynamic outsiders, Juvenal offers savage portraits of decadent aristocrats, women interested only in "rough trade" like actors and gladiators,
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I am reviewing the Peter Green translation (sadly, B+N, like it's competition, continues to mix and match reviews among editions, so I wanted to be clear). This is an often hilarious and vicious set of poems, full of vivid images, that brings ancient (principate) Rome to life in a way that history or video recreation can't. The same could be said in reverse, of course, but this is a unique taste here. More savage and skeptical than Lucian, Juvenal is uneven (especially with the lacunae) but hits like a lightning flash. Enjoy.