Sixteen Satires

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Juvenal's Satires create a fascinating (and immediately familiar) world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55-138) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer vibrant energy of everyday Roman life. A member of the traditional land-owning class, which was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of dynamic outsiders, he offers equally savage portraits of decadent ...
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Overview

Juvenal's Satires create a fascinating (and immediately familiar) world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55-138) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer vibrant energy of everyday Roman life. A member of the traditional land-owning class, which was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of dynamic outsiders, he offers equally savage portraits of decadent aristocrats, women interested only in 'rough trade' like actors and gladiators, and the jumped-up sons of panders and auctioneers. He constantly compares the corruption of his own generation with its stern upright forebears. And he makes us feel from within the deep humiliation of having to dance attendance on rich but odious patrons. For this third edition, Green's celebrated translation has been substantially revised to bring it still closer to the tone and structure of Juvenal's Latin and to take into account all important scholarship of the past quarter-century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447040
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 687,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION INTRODUCTION

SATIRE I SATIRE II SATIRE III SATIRE IV SATIRE V SATIRE VI SATIRE VII SATIRE VIII SATIRE IX SATIRE X SATIRE XI SATIRE XII SATIRE XIII SATIRE XIV SATIRE XV SATIRE XVI

NOTES ABBREVIATIONS SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Funny and insightful

    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.

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