Recognizing Persius

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"With effortless execution, Reckford draws the reader gently and persuasively into the remote world of this brilliant, young Roman satirist. This is a warm, deeply thoughtful, and perceptive book."—Dan Hooley, University of Missouri

"English language books focusing on Persius are few and far between. Reckford is well-versed in ancient satire and his close analyses of particular words, lines, and passages are often compelling."—Cedric ...

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Overview

"With effortless execution, Reckford draws the reader gently and persuasively into the remote world of this brilliant, young Roman satirist. This is a warm, deeply thoughtful, and perceptive book."—Dan Hooley, University of Missouri

"English language books focusing on Persius are few and far between. Reckford is well-versed in ancient satire and his close analyses of particular words, lines, and passages are often compelling."—Cedric Littlewood, University of Victoria

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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews
Reckford takes his reader through a well-structured overview of the genre, which I believe will be particularly helpful to students just encountering Roman Satire. Because of the scope of this book, therefore, I would strongly recommend it as an introduction not only to Persius but also to the entire genre, for it places Lucilius, Horace, and to some extent Juvenal, in a context that is often elusive, largely because of the very nature of satire.
— Patricia A. Johnston
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Reckford takes his reader through a well-structured overview of the genre, which I believe will be particularly helpful to students just encountering Roman Satire. Because of the scope of this book, therefore, I would strongly recommend it as an introduction not only to Persius but also to the entire genre, for it places Lucilius, Horace, and to some extent Juvenal, in a context that is often elusive, largely because of the very nature of satire.
— Patricia A. Johnston
Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews - Patricia A. Johnston
Reckford takes his reader through a well-structured overview of the genre, which I believe will be particularly helpful to students just encountering Roman Satire. Because of the scope of this book, therefore, I would strongly recommend it as an introduction not only to Persius but also to the entire genre, for it places Lucilius, Horace, and to some extent Juvenal, in a context that is often elusive, largely because of the very nature of satire.
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"The book retains the informal approach of the original lectures, a shrewd choice since Reckford excels at using the public speaker's panoply to bring his subject to life; by book's end, readers will fell that they not only know Persius better but also understand more deeply his struggle, as a person and as an author, against humanity's foibles and follies."—
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"Reckford takes his reader through a well-structured overview of the genre, which I believe will be particularly helpful to students just encountering Roman Satire. Because of the scope of this book, therefore, I would strongly recommend it as an introduction not only to Persius but also to the entire genre, for it places Lucilius, Horace, and to some extent Juvenal, in a context that is often elusive, largely because of the very nature of satire."—Patricia A. Johnston, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

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The book retains the informal approach of the original lectures, a shrewd choice since Reckford excels at using the public speaker's panoply to bring his subject to life; by book's end, readers will fell that they not only know Persius better but also understand more deeply his struggle, as a person and as an author, against humanity's foibles and follies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691141411
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Series: Martin Classical Lectures Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Kenneth J. Reckford is the Kenan Professor Emeritus of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His books include "Aristophanes' Old-And-New Comedy".
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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
PROLOGUE: In Search of Persius 1

CHAPTER ONE: Performing Privately 16
"Who'll read this stuff?" (Satire 1) 17
"In Different Voices" 21
Performing satire (1): Lucilius 25
Performing satire (2): Horace 32
Three Bad Performances 39
Persius's Return to the Colors 46
Appendix: The Choliambics 52

CHAPTER TWO: Seeking Integrity 56
Hypocrisy and Self-Deception (Satire 2) 57
Called to Virtue (Satire 3) 63
Where Horace Left Off 68
Division Problems 77
Autobiographical Fragments 82
Images of Dissolution 87
Recomposing a Life 91
Appendix: Epictetus, Diatribe, and Persius 96

CHAPTER THREE: Exploring Freedom 102
Shadows of Falsehood (Satire 4) 103
Modes of Disclosure (Satire 5) 108
"Every Fool a Slave" 118
Another Dissident Under Nero 124

CHAPTER FOUR: Life, Death, and Art 130
Between Volterra and Rome 131
The Land, the Sea, and the Heir (Satire 6) 136
Reading the libellus: Children and Grown-ups 144
Recognizing Persius 151

EPILOGUE: From Persius to Juvenal 161
NOTES 181
BIBLIOGRAPHY 219
GENERAL INDEX 233
INDEX LOCORUM 237

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