A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

A Companion to Persius and Juvenal

by Susanna Braund
     
 

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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.

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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. Detailed individual contributions examine topics such as the satirists’ techniques of allusion, their relationship to other genres, and their political stance. A preliminary 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 includes an examination of the successors to Persius and Juvenal, including the dramatic revival of the tradition in the Renaissance. An outstanding feature of this book is an 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 and Osgood's A Companion to Persius and Juvenalis an excellent book.  Specialists, non-specialists, and students alike will find in this volume a comprehensive and spacious approach to these challenging poets.”  (Phoenix, 1 May 2014)

“The whole book can be recommended, but I will single out a few chapters as especially interesting. . . In general, this is a useful book and a good first port-of-call for those new to the subjects.”  (Religious Studies Review, 1 December 2013)

“This dense volume makes a stimulating contribution to the study of imperial Latin satire.”  (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1 October 2013)

“Graced with a 40-page bibliography, this 600-page work should become indispensable to classical scholars and anyone interested in satire. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 July 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405199650
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #105
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

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