Juvenal and Persius
The bite and wit of two of antiquity's best satirists are captured here in a new Loeb Classical Library edition, a vivid and vigorous translation facing the Latin text.
Persius (34-62 CE) and Juvenal (writing maybe 60 years later) were heirs to the style of Latin verse satire developed by Lucilius and Horace, a tradition mined in Susanna Braund's introduction and notes. Her notes also give guidance to the literary and historical allusions that pepper Persius's and Juvenal's satirical poems--which were clearly aimed at a sophisticated urban audience. Both poets adopt the mask of an angry man, and sharp criticism of the society in which they live is combined with flashes of sardonic humor in their satires. Whether targeting common and uncommon vices, the foolishness of prayers, the abuse of power by emperors and the Roman elite, the folly and depravity of Roman wives, or decadence, materialism, and corruption, their tone is generally one of righteous indignation.
Juvenal and Persius are seminal as well as stellar figures in the history of satirical writing. Juvenal especially had a lasting influence on English writers of the Renaissance and succeeding centuries.
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Review: Juvenal and PersiusUser Review - Scott Stirling - Goodreads
Reading Juvenal first, and some of the better known satires (Juvenal 10, 11, 15) first, helps propel one through the rest. The Loeb edition of course has the Latin on the left. The translations seem pretty reasonable to me. Read full review
Review: Juvenal and PersiusUser Review - Cleopatra - Goodreads
5 stars for the satires, 3 stars for the translation: many verses are censored Read full review
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Harvard University Press: Juvenal and Persius by Juvenal
Juvenal and Persius: by Juvenal, published by Harvard University Press.
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