Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal / Edition 1

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The first complete study of Roman verse satire to appear since 1976 provides a fresh and exciting survey of the field. Rather than describing satire's history as a series of discrete achievements, it relates those achievements to one another in such a way that, in the movement from Lucilius, to Horace, to Persius, to Juvenal, we are made to sense, and see performed, the increasing pressure of imperial oversight in ancient Rome.
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Editorial Reviews

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"No review can do full justice to the wealth of sophisticated and provocative ideas put forth in this volume with remarkable clarity of expression and unfailing wit." Costas Panayotakis, Classical Review

"Substantial interpretative claims, contrary to what we might call received opinion, but nonetheless convincing, underpin each chapter. There are many good points to this book, not the least of which is its bold confrontation with standard accounts of satire that seek to smooth out the genre's glaring contradictions. By examining poetic failure rather than success, by focusing on the audience rather than the author, and by making us aware of what is lacking amid all the fullness, F. compels us to think differently about Roman satire and our readings of it. The overarching proposition that we can connect the anxiety about genre and self-expression visible in satire with broader crises in identity and self-formation among educated Romans of the early empire is entirely persuasive." David Larmour, Classical Philology

"This is a book on an important topic by a perceptive and articulate critic. It is rich in ideas an an unusually entertaining read." Llewelyn Morgan, Brasenose College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521006217
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Freudenburg is Professor of Greek and Latin at the Ohio State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin and has previously taught at Kent State University. He has published widely on Latin literature and is the author of The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire (Princeton, 1993) (0691 031665). He is currently editing the Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire and Book II of Horace's Sermones for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.

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Table of Contents

Key dates for the study of Roman verse satire
Glossary of key names and technical terms
Introduction 1
1 Horace 15
The diatribe satires (Sermones 1.1-1.3): "You're no Lucilius" 15
Sermones book 1 and the problem of genre 23
Remembered voices: satire made new in Sermones 1.1 27
The social poetics of Horatian libertas: since when is "enough" a "feast"? 44
Hitting satire's finis: along for the ride in Sermones 1.5 51
Dogged by ambition: Sermones 1.6-10 58
Book 2 and the totalitarian squeeze: new rules for a New Age 71
Panegyric bluster and Ennius' Scipio in Horace, Sermones 2.1 82
Coming to terms with Scipio: the new look of post-Actian satire 93
Big friends and bravado in Sermones 2.1 100
Book 2 and the hissings of compliance 108
Nasidienus' dinner-party: too much of not enough 117
2 Persius 125
Of narrative and cosmogony: Persius and the invention of Nero 125
The Prologue: top-down aesthetics and the making of oneself 134
Faking it in Nero's orgasmatron: Persius 1 and the death of criticism 151
The satirist-physician and his out-of-joint world 173
Satire's lean feast: finding a lost "pile" in P. 2 183
Teaching and tail-wagging, critique as crutch: P. 4 189
Left for broke: satire as legacy in P. 6 195
3 Juvenal 209
A lost voice found: Juvenal and the poetics of too much, too late 209
Rememberred monsters: time warp and martyr tales in Trajan's Rome 215
Ghost-assault in Juv. 1 234
The poor man's Lucilius 242
Life on the edge: from exaggeration to self-defeat 248
Beating a dead fish: the emperor-satirist of Juv. 4 258
Satires 3 and 5: the poor man's lunch of Umbricius and Trebius 264
List of works cited 278
General index 285
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