By Susanna Braund, Josiah Osgood

A better half to Persius and Juvenal breaks new flooring in its in-depth specialise in either authors as "satiric successors"; specific person contributions recommend unique views on their paintings, and supply an in-depth exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives.

  • Provides precise and updated counsel at the texts and contexts of Persius and Juvenal
  • Offers titanic dialogue of the reception of either authors, reflecting one of the most cutting edge paintings being performed in modern Classics
  • Contains an intensive exploration of Persius' and Juvenal's afterlives

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All the subsequent Roman satirists imagined, in any case, that Lucilius had far more freedom to say what he wanted than they ever would, and as a result came to idealize Roman satire according to a calculus of Lucilian libertas. Lucilius was a prolific poet but he only survives for us in fragments, and even though there are plenty of these (almost 1,400) most consist of no more than a few lines, a phrase, or a word. Still, enough remains to form a reasonably clear impression of the character of his satire, and so to understand how he became the literary lodestone that he did for later Roman satirists.

Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 20 Persius and Juvenal: Texts and Contexts audience, insisting on truth-claims that may not be true, or that even if true may have no actual relevance to the success of the work as satire. The history of Roman satire prior to Persius and Juvenal, which will be the concern of this chapter, can be written in a variety of ways, but at the most fundamental level it is a story of poets continually calibrating the literary demands of the genre to suit contemporary cultural and political conditions.

On the one hand, the charge of Horace’s satire as fierce (acer), transgressive (ultra legem), anemic and facile (sine neruis) affirms an identification with Lucilius – a daring stance to begin with; on the other, people hurl these charges against him because they disapprove. Horace may be bold enough to claim the mantle of Lucilius for his own time, but, echoing the complaints of many other satirists throughout literary 34 Persius and Juvenal: Texts and Contexts history, no one ever really seems to understand what he is doing.

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